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Cool change sweeps Tasmania after Hobart's Christmas Day record high temperature

By Rosemary Bolger, Saturday December 26, 2015 - 10:26 EDT
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Hobart chalked up a new record Christmas day temperature of 36C. - ABC

A cool change has brought relief in Hobart after the city sweltered through its hottest Christmas Day ever.

As many families and friends were feasting on Christmas lunch, the temperature peaked at 36 degrees Celsius about 2:00pm.

Meteorologist Debbie Tabor said the high knocked off the previous record set 70 years ago.

"The last hottest Christmas day was in 1945 and the temperature for Hobart was 34.3 so we've soared well above that," she said.

Temperatures have only climbed above 30C on the day seven times in the past 100 years.

"We have seen snow on Christmas Day, so it is unusual, it's certainly well above our summer time temperatures for Hobart," Ms Tabor said.

"In summer, the average temperature is 20 degrees, so it is very unusual to have heat like that."

Temperatures remained in the mid-20s for most of the night, before a cool south-westerly change hit the city about 4:00am on Boxing Day.


- ABC

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