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Canbrrrr! Our coldest morning this year

A frost photo at Rendezvous Creek in Namadgi National, submitted by Simon Williams for the Winter Photo Competition.

A frost photo at Rendezvous Creek in Namadgi National, submitted by Simon Williams for the Winter Photo Competition.

Canberrans have shivered through the city’s coldest morning this year as the temperature dropped to minus 6 degrees.

It was the coldest morning in the capital for more than 12 months, according to the Bureau of Meteorology, following a low of minus 6.1 degrees on July 4, 2012.

Frosty morn outside Braidwood. Click for more photos

Canberra Times readers' winter photo comp 2013

Canberra Times readers' winter photo comp 2013. Photo: Diane Johnstone

The temperature broke out of negative figures shortly before 9am, when it reached 0.5C. But the windchill meant the apparent temperature was still -1.5C. It was up to 2.3C at 9.30am, on its way to a forecast top of 14C today.

Meteorologist Sean Carson said a recent cold front combined with a lack of wind saw the temperature plummet.

“We had a cold front over the weekend, so there was some very cold air hanging over the ACT,” he said.

“We usually see a cold night a few days after a cold front moves through.”

The mercury first dropped below zero to minus 0.3 degrees at 11pm, before falling to an apparent temperature of minus 9.3 degrees at 5.30am.

Despite the chill, Canberra was still several degrees off its coldest night on record. The capital dropped to minus 10 degrees on July 11, 1971.

Mr Carson said warmer nights were predicted for Canberra over the coming days.

“We’ve got some cloud cover coming across, so that’ll warm it up to minus 1, minus 2 degrees,” he said.

Patchy fog also caused a few delays for airlines flying in and out of Canberra Airport.

Qantas cancelled two flights, due to arrive from Sydney at 8.15am and depart for Sydney at 8.55am, while both the airline and Virgin reported delays of up to two hours for some flights.

More information on arrivals at Canberra airport is available here. And information on departures is here.

Forecasters are predicting a top of 14 degrees for the capital today, before dropping to a low of minus 2 degrees overnight.

6 comments

  • What a day for the heater in my car to pack it in! thank god it lives in a garage.But it was a cold old trip into work this morning.

    Commenter
    Milo11
    Location
    ACT
    Date and time
    July 25, 2013, 9:54AM
    • Nothing out of the ordinary. Still a long way off –10°C so nothing to get too excited about.....

      Commenter
      Missing those record heatwaves ............. NOT!!!
      Location
      Canberra (and proud of it)
      Date and time
      July 25, 2013, 11:08AM
      • Bought my first house at auction on a minus 10 morning in 1982.

        Commenter
        Gaily
        Date and time
        July 25, 2013, 4:09PM
    • If we were meant to reside in these conditions we’d still be growing our own woolly coats. We’ve evolved beyond this.

      BRING ME SUMMER!!

      Commenter
      TexRedmund
      Date and time
      July 25, 2013, 12:40PM
      • my winter was cold 1st , ,still cold , Milo ,hope you have your heater fixed,,Can , its cold ,foggy ,bleak ,Canberra winter,won't last too much ,avg , get a short sharp, freeze in Oct,then more or less.,summer !!

        Commenter
        avg winter
        Location
        over the fence
        Date and time
        July 25, 2013, 5:25PM
        • Anyone else remember playing junior sport, not been able to easily see the other end of the field due to fog, and have ice crystals forming on parts of your jersey?

          Commenter
          Steve
          Date and time
          July 25, 2013, 6:07PM
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