Fire and ice: weather games in Aust hills

Snow falling on Australian mountains at the start of summer as the eastern states battle unprecedented bushfires has made an international news broadcast.

Mount Hotham and Mount Buller in the alpine region in Victoria, Perisher in NSW and parts of Tasmania all had snow dumped on them, with temperatures in Victoria registering at minus 3 degrees Celsius on the second day of summer.

The snow is the result of a cold front moving across the southeast of the country. Meanwhile NSW, Victoria, Queensland and Western Australia are battling ferocious bushfires.

There were about 125 bush and grass fires burning across NSW on Monday evening with 54 of these uncontained while more than 50 fires burn in Queensland. Fires also contain to burn in Victoria's east and in northern WA.

Sky News in the UK showed clips of the snow but reassured viewers that temperatures would soon soar to 30C.