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Red Centre shivers in record cold

Monday June 1, 2009 - 16:21 EST
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Capturing a heatwave - ABC

Alice Springs has had its coldest May day on record, with the temperature reaching just 9.6 degrees Celsius on Saturday.

After a balmy 29.6 degrees Celsius the previous Sunday, winter came two days early to the Red Centre.

Jenny Farlow from the weather bureau says Saturday was the coldest May day ever recorded in Alice Springs.

And it was only slightly warmer yesterday, reaching 10.8C.

"It was actually really interesting because the minimums were very close to the maximums," she said.

The cooler temperatures and steady rain caused havoc for some sporting events, including the weekend's horse racing.

"They just deemed it unsafe to run so unfortunately we had to call the meeting off," the turf club's general manager, Matthew Champ, said.

The operations manager at the Alice Springs airport, Simon Hatfield, says there was no disruption to scheduled flights but it had to postpone a runway upgrade last night.

- ABC

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