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Melbourne records coldest April morning since 1957

Thursday April 30, 2009 - 12:29 EST
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Snowboarder Jimi Cordell revels in the conditions at Falls Creek, Victoria, on April 28, 2009, after half a metre of snow blanketed the Australian Alps, bringing the best April snowfalls in 50 years. - ABC
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Cold snap: Rowers on the Yarra River brave the chilly conditions - ABC

Melbourne has recorded its coldest April morning in more than 50 years.

Forecaster James Taylor says the mercury dipped below three degrees in the city but it is even colder in the east.

"We've got, around the suburbs, temperatures dropping down around zero to two degrees," he said.

"It's dropped as low as minus 2.7 degrees out at Coldstream and the Yarra Valley and in the city itself the temperature dropped to 2.9 degrees, which is the lowest April overnight minimum since 1957."

He says Mt Hotham is recovering from a record April low of minus 8.2 yesterday morning.

"We've got a cold front moving through the state tomorrow, with the winds picking up a little bit overnight," he said.

"Tomorrow we're only expecting a minimum of around nine degrees.

"Daytime maximums are still a little bit chilly, only up around 17 degrees today but it should be quite a pleasant morning with a fair bit of sunshine and some high cloud increasing later."

Mount Buller will open to skiers this weekend, in the earliest start to the season in the resort's 45-year history.

The resort says there will be no entry fee to the mountain because the season has not officially started yet.

Laurie Blampied from Buller Ski Lifts says the resort is seizing the opportunity created by snowfalls this week.


© ABC 2009

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