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Melbourne shivers through coldest start to winter in 36 years, Bureau of Meteorology says

By James Hancock, Wednesday June 6, 2018 - 14:05 EST

Winter is meant to be cold, but Melburnians could be forgiven for finding it hard to get out of bed so far this season.

The city has recorded its coldest start to June since 1982, according to the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM).

The average low over the past six days at the BoM's Olympic Park weather station was 4.9 degrees Celsius.

It's the coldest start to winter since 1982, which recorded an average low of 3.9C in the first days of June.

Forecaster Matt Michael said clear skies were to blame for the frosty starts.

"We've just had a high pressure system sitting pretty broadly over Victoria and south eastern Australia," he said.

"That's led to generally clear and cold nights."

On Wednesday morning it got down to 6C at Olympic Park, 3C at Tullamarine Airport and 1C at Scoresby and Avalon.

Coldstream in the Yarra Valley lived up to its name by being the coldest place in the greater metropolitan area with a low of -1C.

Much of Melbourne began Wednesday blanketed in thick fog, with the worst of it in the Geelong area.

Visibility got down to about 200 metres at Avalon, causing some flight delays and cancellations, but there were no fog disruptions at Melbourne Airport.

The next few nights are expected to warm up a little bit as clouds move over the state.

But Mr Michael said that would also bring rain.

"It's not that we're getting a rush of hot and sunny weather," he said.

"Its just that the extra cloud cover and the rain will lead to slightly warmer conditions than what we have had so far."


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