Perth has shivered through its coldest morning in almost a year and the teeth-chattering temperatures are tipped to continue into next week.
The temperature dropped to 2.9C at 6.30am this morning, the lowest minimum for Perth since last July.
By 8am, it had climbed to 5C.
The crisp dawn conditions were caused by cold air moving up from the south and a lack of cloud cover – a combination expected to last until Tuesday morning.
“We’ve got no cloud cover and a big high-pressure system to the south-west coming over the state,” Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Edward Boyles said.
“We will have similar conditions over the next few nights.”
Minimums are expected to hover around 4C for the next three days, with afternoon maximums in the high-teens.
Cloud cover should lift Tuesday’s minimum to 10C.
The coldest place in the state this morning was the small agricultural town of Gingin, 90km north of Perth, where temperatures plummeted below zero.
A low of -0.1C was recorded at Gingin Airport just before 7am – the lowest minimum since last July.
Morawa in the Mid West and Cunderdin in the Wheatbelt both experienced overnight lows of 2.6C, while Perth Airport recorded a minimum of 1.9C at 7.30am.