Nathan Partenza June 12, 2012
Weather forecasters have confirmed what many suspected: Melburnians woke to the coldest morning so far this year.
The mercury dipped to a crisp 3.4 degrees at 4.30am and did not surpass 4 degrees until shortly before 7am.
It was the coldest morning since July 27 last year when it was just 2.7 degrees, the Bureau of Meteorology said.
The temperature reached 10.3 degrees in Melbourne at 11am and is tipped to hit 16 degrees this afternoon.
Duty forecaster Geoff Feren said Mount Hotham was the coldest part of the state with minus 5 degrees, while Strathbogie and Corryong both recorded minus 4 degrees.
He said the conditions were not unusual for inland and mountain areas, but the coastal town of Portland recorded a minimum temperature of zero - seven degrees below average.
‘‘We’ve had a few mornings lately which have been very frosty and very cold,’’ Mr Feren said.
He said a high pressure system had been providing clear conditions overnight, particularly in inland areas, which were ideal for the cool temperatures.
‘‘You don’t have that cloud to provide a blanket to keep the heat in,’’ Mr Feren said.
There was widespread fog in parts of Melbourne yesterday, including on Port Phillip Bay and the Mornington and Bellarine peninsulas, which led to a pilot being forced to land his light plane on an unopened freeway.
Mr Feren said the fog had all but cleared this morning, and while it would persist in Gippsland tomorrow, Melburnians should wake to warmer conditions.
‘‘More wind is developing over the next few days and a bit more cloud and eventually some rainfall, so we’re getting out of the conditions conducive to fogs and frosts,’’ he said.
Mr Feren said no rain was expected in Melbourne until Thursday, after which there would be showers every day until early next week.