The trend of cold nights has continued across much of the Australian inland, with many areas receiving well below average minimum temperatures.
The coldest temperatures were focused on the NSW and VIC Alps. Thredbo froze to minus 8.2 degrees, three degrees below average, and Mt Hotham chilled to minus 6.6 degrees, 4 degrees below the mean.
Cobar, in the far west of NSW, recorded its coldest night in 5 years, dipping to a chilly minus 4.6. This was also 8 degrees below average.
The cold mornings continued for Alice Springs, which recorded its third consecutive night below minus 4 degrees, the coldest three day period since 1976.
The extended frosty conditions are due to a large, slow moving high pressure system. This is keeping nights clear and winds light, allowing for this extended run of cold nights. This will continue into the weekend across eastern and central parts of the country.
© Weatherzone 2012
16:06 EST The weather bureau has implemented a new system of forecasting the seasonal outlook called Predictive Ocean Atmosphere Model for Australia, or POAMA.