WINTER may have finally arrived yesterday, as much of Tasmania was drenched by persistent rainfall and there are expectations for snow later this week.
Bureau of Meteorology climatologist Ian Barnes-Keoghan said up until 9am yesterday, Launceston had recorded less than 20 per cent of its average June rainfall.
But by 5pm, the city had received 13.2 millimetres in the eight-hour period.
``It is always a little dangerous to say too much too early because things might change quite spectacularly,'' Mr Barnes-Keoghan said.
``The city had 13 millimetres [for the month] up until 9am [yesterday] and the average for June is about 68 millimetres - less than 20 per cent.
``Remembering June hasn't finished and it doesn't take much to get that extra 50-odd millimetres, it's the sort of thing you can get off one significant rain event.''
Mr Barnes-Keoghan said Burnie had also been dry, only receiving 23 millimetres to 9am yesterday compared with its monthly 102 millimetre June average.
He also said daytime temperatures were running a degree above average for the month but snow is predicted for tomorrow and the weekend for Ben Lomond and the Central Highlands.
``The coldest morning was back on the ninth when we did see some below-zero temperatures . . . night-time temperatures are a little below average,'' he said.
Rain is forecast for Launceston most of this week from tomorrow through to Saturday, with temperatures between 12 and 14 degrees.