Tasmanians enjoy white Christmas

The chill on Hobart’s Mount Wellington yesterday did not deter people who wanted to experience a white Christmas.

Scores drove to the peak to play in the snow, as the temperature dropped to a low of minus two.

The Bureau of Meteorology says temperatures around the state on Christmas Day were between five and 11 degrees below average, 13 in Hobart and for Launceston, 18.

Hobart’s snow-peaked mountain proved a big attraction for families.

“Thirty-one degrees one day and now one degrees today, unbelievable, snow on Christmas Day, it’s fabulous,” said one reveller.

The snow was also a novelty for visitors from the northern hemisphere.

“Well, we booked this holiday from the UK expecting really warm weather in Australia, and here we are having one of our only ever white Christmases.”

It was warmest on the east coast, where the temperature reached 19 at St Helens and Scamander.

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