Melbourne shivered through its coldest June morning in two years, making it the most freezing city in the world just after 6am.
The Bureau of Meteorology said the city’s temperature fell as low as 3.1 degrees at 6am, while at the same time Paris was 17 and London 20.
Christchurch in New Zealand was sitting at about 7 degrees at the time, while it was 11 degrees n Johannesburg, South Africa and 24 degrees in Santiago, Chile. Peru’s Lima district recorded temperatures of 17.
In other parts of the world it was about 13 in Anchorage, Alaska, and 14 in Dublin, Ireland. Helsinki in Finland reached about 14 at the time Melbourne dropped to 3 and La Paz in Bolivia was around 11.
Melbourne was also the coldest Australian city just after 6am this morning, with Sydney recording a temperature of 9 and Adelaide 8. Hobart dropped to a chilly 5 and Canberra 6, while Brisbane recorded a temperature of 8.
In Perth, temperatures hit 7 just after 6am local time.
Bureau of Meteorology duty forecaster Beren Bradshaw said Melbourne had not reached such a low temperature since July 16 last year, and had not experienced such a chilly June morning since 2016.
“We have the prime set-up to see this cold weather,” she told Yahoo7.
“There are light winds and cold air from the weekend is still hanging around.
“It’s one of those things that’s going to be a rude shock when it happens the first time for the season.”
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Ms Bradshaw said Melbourne’s overnight temperatures would start to warm up, but only by two or three degrees.
“Tonight is going to be about 5 or 6 and it will be about 7 over the next few days,” she said.
“The major factors for the cold weather is the high pressure system sitting over us. We will be seeing light winds and mostly clear conditions overnight.”
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Ms Bradshaw said cloud cover would stop temperatures dropping back down to 3 over the next few days.
“We’re seeing pretty average conditions for this time of year,” she said.
Weatherzone reported parts of Queensland also experienced its lowest temperature in 10 years on Tuesday morning, with Townsville recording just 6.3 just after 7am.
It was just 3.5 in Ayr, its lowest temperature since 2004.
Hazardous surf warnings remain in place in NSW for the Hunter Coast, Sydney Coast, Illawarra Coast, Batemans Coast and the Eden Coast today and tomorrow.
About 25mm of rainfall has been forecast for the Sydney region today.
A strong wind warning has also been issued for parts of Queensland, including the Torres Strait, Peninsula Coast, Cooktown Coast and Gold Coast Waters.