Melbourne has just shivered through its coldest morning in over four years.
A large high pressure system centred over the nations southeast allowed for another night of clear skies and light winds - the perfect recipe for cold, frosty mornings.
Melbourne dropped to 2.3 degrees just before sunrise, making it the coldest morning in over four years and a great reason to stay rugged up in bed. Coldstream on the outskirts of Melbourne dropped to minus three. Elsewhere in Victoria overnight lows were as much as seven below the average in places like Swan Hill in the Mallee, where it dropped to minus three.
Victoria wasn't the only state to be greeted with freezing temperatures this morning. In southern New South Wales it dropped to as much as eight below average. In the Riverina, Hay plummeted to minus four which was the coldest in 54 years of records. Those in Canberra woke to minus six, which is six below the average.
For the rest of the day it should warm to above average in much of the southeast and make for a pleasant winters day. Sunday will see another cold start as the high maintains clear skies and light winds.
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