Australia is set for a freezing winter with snow in parts of Queensland where it has never fallen before, according to a veteran weatherman who claims this is just the start of a ‘mini ice age’.
Dave Taylor, a Queensland-based weather expert, is also warning every winter from now until 2025 ‘will be colder than the last’.
He said a reduction in sun spots is the cause of the cold snap, and predicts the freezing winters will end with a severe weather event – likely widespread flooding – that will be ‘worse than Australia has ever experienced’.
Taylor, 47, has been studying the weather since he was 10 years old – after a severe storm almost destroyed the caravan he was living in with his family.
‘I was there alone when the storm hit, and I thought I was going to die.’
He now runs two weather pages on social media, and has accurately predicted extreme weather conditions over the past decade, including the recent flooding in Far North Queensland.
‘It will be like the floods you see in America or India,’ he told Daily Mail Australia. ‘
The flooding will be so bad that towns will be swallowed up as water pours through the streets.
‘The longer the sun spot activity is down the worse the weather event when it picks back up.’
‘Sunspot activity is falling and we have seen the impact on this winter in the northern hemisphere,’ he said.
‘It snowed in places it never has in the USA, and snowed in places it hasn’t for in a long time.
‘There have been freezing deaths in Europe, Scotland struggled and waves turned to sluggish ice in Russia.
‘England was so cold they were running out of gas which is the main source of heating and there were even reports of snow in the Sahara Desert.’
Taylor thinks there will be snow in places across Australia where it has never been recorded – including as far north as Eungella – west of Mackay, Queensland.
The weatherman says the hot and humid summer experienced across the country is another indicator of the cold winter to come.
‘I think Brisbane will experience a winter like Sydney, Sydney will feel like Melbourne and Melbourne will feel like Tasmania,’ he said.
And he thinks the minimum temperatures in each major city will be 3C colder than they have in recent years.
‘We will have a lot more big Antarctic blows reaching toward Australia – they will be a lot more powerful than in recent years,’ he said.
He thinks it will be a good snow season in NSW and Victoria – with the coldest weather likely to fall in June and July.
‘Sun spots activity is linked to our El Nino and La Nina Seasons,’ he said.
‘For example the lower number of sun spots then more than likely we fall into a La Nino, the more active than when we look at El Nino.’
Taylor believes it will snow in Tasmania over the weekend – despite his expectations of a longer summer.
The Bureau of Meteorology will release its ‘outlook for winter in late May’.
‘Science shows further ahead we forecast the less accurate those forecasts are,’ a BOM spokesperson said.
Taylor runs the Brisbane Weather and East Coast Weather Facebook pages.