Weather

Australia's coldest of the year so far

Brett Dutschke, 19 July 2019

Early this morning, Australia recorded its lowest temperature of the year so far, minus 12.3 degrees at Glen Innes, on the northern New South Wales ranges.

This beats the previous 2019 low of -12.0, recorded at Perisher Valley in June.

The main culprit was the combination of very dry air, clear skies and light winds, a result of recent fronts delivering cold, dry air to the region.

The -12.3 degrees at Glen Innes Airport this morning, was also the coldest it has been in 11 years. Just up the road, Tenterfield also chilled through an 11-year low of -9.1 degrees. Over the border, Applethorpe dipped to -6.1 degrees, an eight-year low.

Looking ahead, Saturday morning is unlikely to be quite as cold due to the air losing some of its dryness. However, severe frost is still a certainty in the area. In the following few mornings frost will generally only be light and patchy due to winds gaining a bit more moisture, although not enough for rain.