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Record breaking cold weather hits Australia’s south east

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.
Temperatures plummeted across Australia’s south east on the weekend
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 on Monday.
There should be a slight respite this week with temperatures heading back towards the winter average.
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 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
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Snow, plummeting temperatures, hail and ‘unbelievably severe frost’ on the way to Australia

Sky News weather frost forecast for Saturday morning shows ‘severe’ frost across much of the south east
RUG up Australia — it’s about to get chilly. Meteorologists are predicting “extreme winter weather” and bitterly cold temperatures this weekend.
Showers, hail, thunderstorms and deep snow could strike parts of Tasmania, Victoria and South Australia. Canberrans should brace themselves for a snap even colder than usual and “unbelievably severe frost” will work its way across much of inland NSW and even up to Queensland.
The warning comes as a series of cold fronts sweep across the Great Australian Bight towards the country’s south east.
“Extreme winter weather is heading towards southern Australia later this week,” Sky News Weather meteorologist Tom Saunders said on Wednesday.
“A cold front will bring showers and thunderstorms to South Australia [on Wednesday]. That front will weaken as it moves further east but another front is hot on his heels [on Thursday] and that will bring a blast of cold polar air to Tasmania and southern Victoria.”
This will drop temperatures and lead to snow to around the 300m elevation mark by Thursday with Tasmania’s western highlands receiving a solid 20cm of snow.
Light snow could even fall over the higher suburbs of Hobart on Thursday night.
Overnight lows in Hobart will sink like a stone from just 5C on Thursday morning to just 1C on Saturday. Even the highs will only get to around 10C. On Mount Wellington, which overlooks the city, you’ll be lucky to get above 1C at all on Thursday.
But the snow is not likely to make it as far north as the places that really need it — the mainland ski resorts.
“The Alps will again miss out on a big snowfall with only a few centimetres for most resorts,” said Mr Saunders noting that, 2015 aside, it was shaping up to be one of the worst starts to the winter season on record in the resorts.
“The natural snow depth is currently below 10cm even on the higher … when the average snow depth in late June is closer to about 60cm.”
But while the snow might be sparse, the frost will be fulsome and widespread across Tasmania, inland Victoria and NSW from Friday night onwards.
“There will be unbelievably widespread frost on Saturday morning, we haven’t seen in that widespread for a couple of years.”
The cause is a high pressure system following the cold front that will strike across the south east from Friday leading to “bitterly cold” overnight temperatures through the weekend.
“Canberra is currently predicted to have a low of -5C on Saturday morning then -6C on Sunday morning. Anything below -5.5C would be Canberra’s coldest temperature in two years,” said Mr Saunders.
If in Bendigo, as forecast, it gets down to -2C on Saturday morning, that would be the coldest night in two years.
“A low of 6C in Sydney on Sunday morning and Melbourne’s 3C on Saturday would both be the coldest in 12 months,” he said.
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