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Australia Time to rug up! Australia's east coast to shiver through the coldest weekend of the year so far as temperatures plunge to -5C - and it will be -1C in Sydney

07:21  13 july  2018
07:21  13 july  2018 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Time to rug up ! Australia ' s east coast to shiver through the coldest weekend of the year so far as temperatures plunge to - 5 C - and it will be - 1 C in Sydney . However, conditions will be relatively balmy compared to the capital, with Canberra set to shiver to - 5 C on Saturday.

The east coast of Australia is suffering through an icy weekend with the frosty temperatures expected to last into the middle of the week. Time to rug up ! Australia ' s east coast to shiver through the

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As the mercury plummets towards zero, people are being warned to rug up and prepare for the coldest weekend of the year. 

Unsurprisingly, the highlands in New South Wales and Victoria will bear the brunt of the bitter temperatures but city-slickers are also not immune to the chill.

Suburbs in Melbourne have frozen to 2C while parts of Sydney's west will experience weather below freezing over the weekend - hitting as low as -1C.

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Australia ' s east coast shivers through its coldest EVER morning as temperatures in New South Wales plunge to -7.3 C – and it 's only going to get worse. Temperatures sunk to 60- year lows across New South Wales on Monday morning.

Cold snaps may bring frosts inland, though temperatures near the coast are mild or near mild all year round. Through La Niña years the eastern seaboard of Australia records above-average rainfall usually creating damaging floods.

However, conditions will be relatively balmy compared to the capital, with Canberra set to shiver to -5C on Saturday.

a close up of a map: While each mid-winter is often viewed as colder than the last, the Bureau of Meteorology has confirmed this year's temperatures are well below the norm © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited While each mid-winter is often viewed as colder than the last, the Bureau of Meteorology has confirmed this year's temperatures are well below the norm It follows a week in the ACT which has seen temperatures drop to as low as -8.5C on Wednesday. 

And according to Bureau of Meteorology Senior Forecaster Jake Phillips, the east coast's glacial conditions have yet to reach their trough. 

'Just about the whole state is cooler than average for this time of year. In some parts of the state it can be five or six degrees below average,' he told Daily Mail Australia.

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Australia shivers through four straight nights below - 5 C – with temperatures on the east coast Parts of country has shivered through four days of freezing temperatures of - 5 C Highlands expected to be dusted in thickest layer of snow for season at weekend

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'Places like Penrith and Richmond the next couple of mornings are going to be down to the zero mark – maybe even below zero. 

'And it’s going to get even colder, with a lot of places set to be six or even eight degrees below average for their minimum temperatures over the weekend.'

But while each mid-winter is often viewed as colder than the last, the Bureau of Meteorology has confirmed this year's temperatures are well below the norm. 

a person standing in front of a building: As the mercury plummets towards zero, people are being warned to rug up and prepare for the coldest weekend of the year © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited As the mercury plummets towards zero, people are being warned to rug up and prepare for the coldest weekend of the year

'It’s been colder than average yesterday and today and the next couple of mornings are going to be even colder yet,' said Mr Phillips. 

'Even in the city we’ll be looking at temperatures below average, minimums on the weekend, particularly Sunday, it might get down to four or five degrees essentially. 

Cold snap continues for southern Qld

  Cold snap continues for southern Qld Queensland is having its coldest weekend of the year so far with several parts of the state forecast to once again dip below zero on Sunday.Queensland will once again shiver through a cold and frosty morning as a cold snap continues to grip the state's southern half.

Temperatures are dipping around the country — including Sydney and Brisbane' s coldest mornings of the year so far . Brisbane Times reports that Brisbane has indeed just shivered through its coldest morning of 2018, with temperatures dipping to 6.7 degrees.

Time to rug up ! Australia ' s east coast to shiver through the The fresh cold front comes after temperatures hit 60- year lows across parts of the country. Cold weather Australia Brisbane Sydney Melbourne.

a person walking in the rain holding an umbrella: 'A large portion of the state, with the exception of the coastal fringe will be getting down to zero if not below zero,'according to the Bureau of Meteorology © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited 'A large portion of the state, with the exception of the coastal fringe will be getting down to zero if not below zero,'according to the Bureau of Meteorology 'A large portion of the state, with the exception of the coastal fringe will be getting down to zero if not below zero.'  

Elsewhere in eastern Australia, the notoriously frosty city of Ballarat in central Victoria had its coldest July day in 24 years this week. 

a close up of a boat: Melbournians will have the upper-hand when it comes to the much-craved daylight, with the sun-setting at 5.18pm compared to darkness reaching Sydney at just 5.03pm © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Melbournians will have the upper-hand when it comes to the much-craved daylight, with the sun-setting at 5.18pm compared to darkness reaching Sydney at just 5.03pm

In the nearby city Bendigo, temperatures were also at a record low, freezing through its coldest July day since 1996. 

On Saturday, Melbourne's mercury will drop to just 3C while the Sydney CBD will hit just two degrees warmer. 

However, Melbournians will have the upper-hand when it comes to the much-craved daylight, with the sun-setting at 5.18pm compared to darkness reaching Sydney at just 5.03pm.  

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HOW COLD IS IT IN YOUR CITY?

SYDNEY     

SATURDAY: Min 7, Max 17

SUNDAY: Min 5, Max 17

MONDAY: Min: 5, Max 18

TUESDAY: Min: 9 Max: 22  

CANBERRA     

SATURDAY: Min: -5 Max 12

SUNDAY: Min -4, Max 11

MONDAY: Min -4, Max 11

TUESDAY: Min: 0 Max: 13

PERTH     

SATURDAY: Min 9 Max 18

SUNDAY: Min 8 Max 17

MONDAY: Min 11 Max 19

TUESDAY: Min 9 Max 19 

BRISBANE      

SATURDAY: Min 6, Max 21

SUNDAY: Min 6, Max 21

MONDAY: Min 8, Max 22

TUESDAY: Min 7, Max 23 

MELBOURNE     

SATURDAY: Min 3 Max: 14

SUNDAY: Min 5 Max: 14

MONDAY: Min 7 Max: 13

TUESDAY: Min: 10 Max: 14 

ADELAIDE    

 SATURDAY: Min 6, Max 16

SUNDAY: Min: 7 Max: 17

MONDAY: Min 6 Max 15

TUESDAY: Min: 9 Max: 15 

HOBART     

SATURDAY: Min 5, Max 11

SUNDAY: Min 3, Max 13

MONDAY: Min 4, Max 13

TUESDAY: Min: 7 Max 13 

DARWIN     

SATURDAY: Min 18, Max 31

SUNDAY: Min 19, Max 31

MONDAY: Min 20, Max 31

TUESDAY: Min 20, Max 32 

 Source: Bureau of Meterology

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