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Melbourne marks coldest consecutive mornings in 17 years

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Robyn Grace

Melburnians have trembled through their coldest consecutive mornings for 17 years.

The temperature dropped below 2 degrees for a second morning on Monday.

The Bureau of Meteorology recorded 1.9 degrees at 6.01am, warmer than Sunday’s low of 1.4 but offering little solace to those facing a temperature that felt like minus 1.5.

The temperature dropped to 1.8 degrees at 7.15am, which felt like minus 1.9.

Senior forecaster Scott Williams said the previous record was set in 1997, with readings of 0.3 and 0.8 on August 4 and 5.

But it’s not time for balaclavas in the city just yet. Approaching clouds will warm things up to a forecast 6 degrees tomorrow morning ahead of predicted rain later in the week.

‘‘This morning will be the last really cold one,’’ Mr Williams said.

The cold snap has come as a shock to many Melburnians, who have been enjoying a milder-than-average winter.

June was 2 degrees above the long-term average, while July recorded an average of 14.7 degrees, 1.2 above the long-term average.

Mr Williams said August was still milder than the average so far, despite this week’s cold mornings.

Victorians elsewhere in the state also woke to another crisp morning.

Ballarat recorded a low of minus 4.5, Charlton minus 3.1, Horsham minus 3.7, Coldstream minus 3.4, Bendigo minus 3.9, Falls Creek minus 4.7, Mount Buller minus 7.1 and Mount Hotham minus 6.9.

This morning’s Melbourne chill is forecast to be followed by a sunny day, with a maximum of 15.

12 comments

  • On the coldest Melbourne morning in 17 years, The Age carries a headline "Warming halt due to climate change". Go figure.

    Commenter
    brian
    Date and time
    August 04, 2014, 8:35AM
    • The climate has always been changing. For millions of years in fact.

      Commenter
      Darren
      Location
      Melbourne
      Date and time
      August 04, 2014, 10:57AM
    • "Mr Williams said August was still milder than the average so far, despite this week’s cold mornings"

      ??????

      We've only had 4 mornings in August so far and 2 of these were the coldest consecutive mornings in 15 years? Didn't see that hot on 1 and 2 August.....

      Commenter
      shemozzle
      Date and time
      August 04, 2014, 1:06PM
  • Continuing cold weather? Naturally, kit's all because of this 'global warming' hysteria

    Commenter
    Fred Bloggs
    Location
    Castlemaine
    Date and time
    August 04, 2014, 9:18AM
    • Global warming means global cooling but sometimes means global non-warming and global non-cooling with average and below average and above average temperatures as well as stable weather and unstable weather and normal sea levels that sometimes drop and rise but mostly remain stable and natural disasters that sometimes occur more often than average and sometimes occur less often than average but mostly occur as per average. I totally get it! Nothing to question at all. Good grief!

      Commenter
      Billy
      Location
      Land of the socially conservative anarchist
      Date and time
      August 04, 2014, 10:36AM
      • ROFLMFAO

        Commenter
        The Ice Age Commeth
        Date and time
        August 04, 2014, 11:15AM
      • a couple cold days in Melbourne and apparently global warming is absurd. how could we possibly have two chilly mornings in a row ( in august) if the average global temperature has risen 1.5 degrees................

        Commenter
        G
        Location
        Melbourne
        Date and time
        August 04, 2014, 11:42AM
    • It was pretty cold out in Ferntree Gully when i started my bike ride to the city at 6:45am! A winter wonderland along the blind creek trail and still plenty of frost on the Main Yarra Trail pontoon bridges around 8am.

      Commenter
      NightFallTech
      Location
      Melbourne
      Date and time
      August 04, 2014, 10:41AM
      • Do people really not understand that global warming refers to statistical averages, and not to geographically limited outliers? Sometimes, reading comments on global warming is like stepping back into the 1600s. If people can't be bothered having even the most basic grasp of science they should not be able to post comments in a public forum.

        Commenter
        Samb
        Date and time
        August 04, 2014, 11:03AM
        • Seems to be a few people here having trouble telling the difference between the weather and climate.
          Here's a hint - it got dark last night. That doesn't mean the sun isn't real.

          Commenter
          Mouse
          Date and time
          August 04, 2014, 12:31PM

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