The brutal Aussie cold snap has sent temperatures plummeting and records tumbling, with many ski resorts extending the season to capitalise on the abnormally cold weather.
Australia recorded its lowest temperature in six years, -13.2C at Thredbo, on Tuesday.
But this was beaten Wednesday by Perisher hitting an eight year low for the country of -14.2C.
In Victoria, Rutherglen residents saw the mercury drop to -5.2C — its coldest August temperature in 92 years.
Melbourne and Sydney just shivered through 0.8C, the coldest so late in the year since 1957.
And Falls Creek recorded -9.6C — its chilliest late-winter temp since 1974.
Australia; 3rd. Last Day of Winter, 2018.
Perisher NSW -13.2, coldest Australian temp in 8 years.
-10C Falls Creek, coldest temp for 44 years.
0.8C Melbourne, coldest late-winter min since 1957.
Melbourne Airport -2C, coldest recorded in 32 years.
*Deepest snow base this Century. pic.twitter.com/jGZW8knzhi
— Phillip Somerville (@unitambo) August 29, 2018
Wow – wasn't it cold overnight around #Victoria? As low as -9.8C at Mount Hotham. In #Melbourne the city saw 0.8C, the coldest so late in the year since 1957 (0.3C). 🥶 The light winds and clear skies will persist today. Check your local minimum today at: https://t.co/5iVORfs68W pic.twitter.com/ESkQWGoHct
— Bureau of Meteorology, Victoria (@BOM_Vic) August 28, 2018
Cape Sorrell in Tasmania experienced its coldest weather in 48 years at 2.4°C.
Melbourne Airport recorded -2C — coldest in 32 years.
Tullamarine suffered through its lowest temps since 1986 at -2C.
And King Island experienced its coldest in 11 years with temperatures reaching 0.6°C.
The cold front is expected to continue into next week, blowing dry, chilly air across vast swathes of the country — likely tumbling even more records.
GFS Temp Anomaly Fri Aug 31
GFS Temp Anomaly Fri Sept 07
Yesterday’s -14.2C at Perisher was the coldest the country had been since -19.6C was recorded in Charlotte Pass, Kosciuszko National Park, in July 2010 — during solar minimum of cycle 23.
Charlotte Pass also holds the record for the coldest temperature ever in Australia, having hit -23C in June 1994 — during solar minimum of cycle 22.
The Grand Solar Minimum is upon us.
I think it’s a sure bet the Aussie winter of 2019 will see that all-time cold record broken.