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02 July 2017

Record breaking cold weather in south east

Temperatures plummeted across Australia’s south east on the weekend.

WAS it difficult getting out from under the doona this weekend? Did you shiver on the way to work this morning? Well spare a thought for the people of Deniliquin.

The mercury in the NSW town, close to the Murray River, sank to -5.6C early on Sunday morning — that’s the coldest it’s been for 110 years.

It was even more icy further north as winter records were broken across NSW and Victoria — some towns recorded their coldest morning ever.

It’s so freezing, the NSW Fire and Rescue Service has been forced to warn people not to fire up barbecues indoors.

Frost was widespread over much of Victoria and eastern NSW on Monday morning. Picture: Sky News Weather.

Frost was widespread over much of Victoria and eastern NSW on Monday morning. Picture: Sky News Weather.Source:Supplied

But, on the bright side, snow starved ski resorts can look forward to the first dumps for a while.

“Yes, it’s still cold. The average minimum in Canberra is 0C in July so -7C is well below average,” Sky News Weather meteorologist Tom Saunders told news.com.au on Monday.

There should be a slight respite this week with temperatures heading back towards the winter average.

But a front powering its way towards South Australia could see gale force winds with a severe weather warning issued for parts of the state.

We were warned of a cold weekend and it certainly came to pass with widespread frost across inland areas.

A lingering high pressure system has brought clear skies to much of the country’s south east. While that has seen pleasant days, the lack of cloud cover has seen all that daytime heat escape leading to bitterly cold nights.

Early on Saturday morning, the nation’s capital fell to -8.7C, the coldest in 46 years. Three consecutive nights below -7C was also a first for 46 years.

Goulburn fell to -10C on Sunday, it’s coldest start to the day in 17 years. It was only a little better first thing on Monday morning plunging to -9.4C.

Parts of Sydney’s west got down to almost -2C on Monday morning, while the CBD’s 5.4C start to Sunday was the coldest night for two years.

Melbourne’s CBD got even lower on Sunday, just creeping above freezing to 0.8C.

Elsewhere in Victoria, the Latrobe Valley was -4.8C, the coldest for three decades. Sale’s low of -6.6C on Monday was its coldest ever recorded temperature.

Temperatures plummeted across Australia's south east on the weekend. Picture: Sky News Weather.

Temperatures plummeted across Australia’s south east on the weekend. Picture: Sky News Weather.Source:Supplied

If you’re not a fan of freezing temperatures, don’t despair. That should be the end of the record breaking lows for a bit. But don’t put the scarf and beanie away just yet — it’s hardly going to be balmy.

“A warmer northerly airstream and cloud cover will rapidly lift overnight temperatures,” said Mr Saunders.

A cold front coming in from South Australia will see the mercury rise as it brings rain and cloud, trapping in warmer air, across much of NSW and Victoria.

It could also see some good dumps of snow in Alpine areas which have missed out despite the freezing temperatures.

Ice formed in New Gisborne, at the foot of the Macedon Ranges in Victoria, on Saturday when a burst water pipe coincided with sub zero temperatures.

Ice formed in New Gisborne, at the foot of the Macedon Ranges in Victoria, on Saturday when a burst water pipe coincided with sub zero temperatures.Source:Supplied

AROUND THE CAPITALS

Canberra

A cloudy Canberra will see some showers and average temperatures this week with lows of 0C and highs around 10 — 11C.

Sydney

Sydney will reach 16C on Monday, with a possible afternoon shower. But a sunny day on Tuesday could see it get to as high as 20C while it won’t get much lower than 10C for the next few days.

Melbourne

Melbourne will reach 13C on Monday and 15C on Tuesday. Showers will develop with morning lows still a chilly 6-8C for much of the week.

Adelaide

In South Australia, there’s a severe weather warning in place for gusts of up to 100km/h across the Eyre peninsular as a low pressure system heads in from The Bight.

As the system rattles across the coasts, Adelaide may experience gusts of up to 50km/h with showers a feature for Monday and Tuesday. Highs of 15C and lows of 8-9C.

Hobart

A mostly sunny day in Hobart on Monday but then it’s rain until at least Thursday. Temperatures will push 12C at their warmest but expect 5C first thing most days.

Perth

Showers will increase for an unsettled Perth this week. There could even be a storm on Wednesday. Days will top out at between 15-17C with lows of 5-7C.

Brisbane

A balmy Brisbane will shrug off winter this week. Mostly sunny with a bit of cloud here and there. The mercury should get to 23C on Monday, even 25C on Tuesday. A low of 12C on Tuesday but it will progressively get colder in the mornings as the week goes on.

benedict.brook@news.com.au

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