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Cold morning in central Australia

Ben Domensino, Thursday July 12, 2018 - 10:56 EST

Parts of central Australia registered their lowest temperature in a several years on Thursday morning.

A cold air mass combined with clear skies and light winds caused the mercury to plummet across Australia's Red Centre last night. Some southern parts of the Northern Territory and a few places in southwest Queensland had their coldest morning in three to seven years.

After a night of steady cooling, the temperature in Thargomindah dropped to a low of 0.2 degrees just before seven o'clock this morning. This was the site's coldest morning since 2012. Nearby, Ballera Gas Field's 1.6 degrees this morning was its lowest temperature since 2011.

Across the border, it was also the coldest morning in three years for the Northern Territory's Jervois (-0.2C) and Daly Waters (3.9C).

This morning's chilly start comes a day after some areas of NSW registered their lowest temperature in more than a decade on Wednesday. Yesterday's low of -2.6 degrees at Fowlers Gap was its coldest start since 2006.

A slow-moving high pressure system will continue to cause notably cold mornings across much of central, southern and eastern Australia during the next three days, leading to widespread frost and fog each morning until Sunday.

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