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Spring sprung a leak

Friday, 12th October, 2012

Livia Slater, 5, was all rugged up in freezing Argent Street yesterday. Livia Slater, 5, was all rugged up in freezing Argent Street yesterday.

By Kurtis J Eichler

Pelting hail and sheets of rain blasted Broken Hill yesterday, dropping the city's temperature to under four degrees Celsius in what is supposed to be Spring.

Shoppers raced for shelter as bursts of hail and rain showered the CBD and parts of the city.

The sudden chilly change saw the temperature plummet to a low of just 3.7C, and a top of 14C.

It was even colder across the border at Yunta, 197km west of Broken Hill, where the mercury fell to 2C.

Snow was reported to have fallen in the hamlet of Hallett as well as in other corners of South Australia such as Mt Lofty.

Senior Meteorologist at The Weather Channel, Dick Whitaker, said at 4pm yesterday the city had recorded 2.4mm of rain in the space of seven hours.

In the 24 hours before, 0.6mm had fallen.

"There have been numerous places that have had their coldest October day on record so you're in good company," Mr Whitaker said.

The wild weather was due to a strong cold band coming through SA and western NSW, he said.

Mr Whitaker forecast temperatures to rise for the weekend, with 27C expected onSunday and 31 on Monday.

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