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Sam Terry, 06 Apr 2009, 7:57 AM UTC

A wintry bite for VIC and TAS

A wintry bite for VIC and TAS
After a cold front surged through the southeast yesterday, widespread showers, snowfall and the odd patch of hail have brought the first real taste of winter to Tasmania and Victoria. Last night, temperatures plummeted to near-zero across TAS and higher parts of VIC. Almost all of TAS had its coldest day since November or December of last year, with Mount Hartz chilling so much that it had its coldest April day in 13 years of records. It only warmed to one degree today, allowing up to 10cm of snow to fall. Victoria too felt the bitter chill, with overnight temperatures dipping to the single digits, with areas of frost about the Wimmera. Snow has also been falling over the alpine peaks, including Mt Baw Baw and Mt Buller. Melbourne, and many of the surrounding suburbs, had both their coldest minimum and maximum of the year. Melbourne struggled to reach only 17, three below the April norm. Another cold night is on its way tonight,possibly cooler than last night, thanks in part to drier air and less cloud cover. However, over the next few days temperatures will be on the rise once more.
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