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Mercury drops to -6.1°C at Tuggeranong

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Tegan Osborne

'Out of this World', a photo sent into to the Canberra Times Readers Winter Photo competition. A prickly seed pod from the Plane Tree encased in ice.

'Out of this World', a photo sent into to the Canberra Times Readers Winter Photo competition. A prickly seed pod from the Plane Tree encased in ice. Photo: Sandra McCabe, Weetangera

Canberra woke to sub-zero temperatures and heavy frosts this morning, in a trend that’s set continue well into next week.

At 6.46am this morning in Tuggeranong, the mercury dropped to an icy minimum of -6.1°C, well below the July average of -0.1°C.

The weather was a little more balmy at the airport, bottoming out at -5.8°C at 6.40am.

The coldest overnight low we’ve had this year was recorded two weeks ago on Friday June 20 at a chilly -6.3°C. 

The lowest temperature on record for July is -10°C, recorded in 1971 on July 11.

Minimum temperatures in Canberra are forecast to remain below zero into next week.

Check out Canberra's seven day forecast.

The forecast minimum for Canberra tomorrow is -4°C with frost expected and temperatures are forecast to get down to -5°C on Saturday.

But it's not all bad news according to Bureau of Meteorology duty forecaster Ryan White, who said afternoon temperatures will be quite the contrast.

"Canberrans will have to be prepared to scrape ice off their windscreens in the mornings... but the afternoons should be extremely pleasant," he said.

Mr White said the rest of the week will bring clear days and sunny weather, with maximum temperatures of up to 14°C - at least three degrees above the average July maximum.

He said a strong slow-moving high pressure system near the Great Australian Bight is currently directing very light, dry southeasterly winds across Canberra.

These dry winds are primarily the cause of Canberra's cool evenings, as dry air cools more quickly than air with a greater moisture content leading to a drop in temperature in the evenings.

Mostly sunny weather is predicted for today, with a maximum temperature of 12°C.

 

4 comments so far

  • See! What were we all worried about, the carbon tax is cooling off this hot rock!

    Commenter
    Pat
    Location
    Sydney
    Date and time
    July 03, 2012, 1:20PM
    • Nothing unusual, we've had –6s before. When it REALLY gets newsworthy is when we get right near or even beat that record minimum of –10.0°C, which still stands today.

      Commenter
      Canberra's Weather
      Location
      Canberra
      Date and time
      July 03, 2012, 2:20PM
      • I lived in Canberra in the early 70's and I can remember getting out of bed one morning when it was minus 10 celsius. Brutal! I live in Tweed Heads now, but still have warm memories for Canberra, but not the winter wake ups.

        Commenter
        Brian Harry
        Location
        Tweed Heads NSW
        Date and time
        July 03, 2012, 5:37PM
        • Think about those who are out working in these temperatures early in the morning. My husband is working on the Tuggeranong Hyperdome construction from 7am, and the site sheds are in a South Pole world under in the underground car park area where it's about -13 in the morning, reaching -3 during the day.

          Commenter
          Karina
          Location
          Belconnen
          Date and time
          July 03, 2012, 9:19PM

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