Forecasters are warning this weekend could see Australia’s coldest temperatures so far this year. Get ready for an extended run of below-average, bracingly cold mornings.
“It’s going to be the longest run of cold mornings we’ve seen this winter,” said Rob Sharpe of Sky News Weather.
“The widespread cold is due to a strong low pressure system as well as a cold and dry air mass that’s leading to crisp and frosty nights and mornings from Friday until Monday.”
“Ballarat had its coldest July day in 24 years on Wednesday and with a max of 6.9C, Bendigo had its coldest day in 22 years,” Mr Sharpe said.
Records will fall in the capitals too, he predicted.
Sydney’s average minimum in July is 8C; this winter has already seen a low of 6.3C but on Saturday and Sunday morning it could sink further to just 5C.
Just a few kilometres west the suburb of Penrith, which has already seen just 1.5C this year, could see -1C on Sunday morning.
Warnings issued by the BOM (Bureau of Meteorology)
Warning to Sheep Graziers for the Central West, Lower West, South West, South Coastal, Great Southern and Central Wheat Belt forecast districts of Australia.
— issued at 2:13 pm WST on Friday 13 July 2018.
Sheep graziers are warned that cold temperatures and northwesterly winds are expected during Saturday evening. There is a risk of losses of lambs and sheep exposed to these conditions.
Further to this, a Frost Warning is in place for the Mallee, Wimmera, Northern Country, North Central, North East, South West, Central and West and South Gippsland districts.
— issued at 2:35 pm EST on Friday 13 July 2018.
Severe frosts with temperatures down to -3 degrees causing significant crop damage are forecast for Saturday morning in parts of the North East.
Frosts with temperatures down to -2 degrees are forecast for Saturday morning in parts of the Mallee, Wimmera, Northern Country, North Central, South West, Central and West and South Gippsland forecast districts.