Thick cloud and a cold air mass associated with a low covered most of VIC and NSW yesterday, bringing a record cold day to some locations.
In New South Wales, Bega on the South Coast only climbed to 12.9 degrees, which equaled its previous record set in 1994. Denliquin in the Riverina broke its all time October record, climbing to just 11.2 degrees, smashing its previous record by 1 degree set in 2005.
In Victoria, every location recorded below average temperatures, with some places 11 degrees cooler than their October mean. Shepparton in the state's north reached just 11.6 degrees, its coldest October day on record.
The capitals of both states did not manage escape the cold, with both cities also experiencing a cool day. Melbourne only reached 13.9 degrees, which is its coldest October day in two years. This was also only the second time it has gotten this cool in October since 2003. Sydney faired a bit better, managing to reach 18 degrees, although it stayed around 16 degrees for much of the day.
Temperatures will remain below average across both states today, except in northern NSW. However, those in NSW will enjoy a much more pleasant Sunday, basking in sunshine compared to VIC which is still experiencing showers. Into the working week, temperatures look to return close to or above average as a warmer air mass ahead of a trough moves over the states, before another front arrives mid-week.
© Weatherzone 2012
00:30 EDT Locals on the Cocos Islands have spent Christmas Day hunkered down in their homes, as Tropical Cyclone Kate passed just north of the tiny community more than 2,000 kilometres off the West Australian coast.