August 02, 2012
Parts of New South Wales endured the coldest August morning in 12 years as fog and frost descended on the state.
The Central West Slopes and Plains had their lowest August temperatures since 2000 this morning, Weatherzone meteorologist Ben Domensino said.
Trangie and Condobolin Airport cooled to -4 degrees, which was 8 and 7 degrees below average respectively.
Canberra reached a numbing low of -7 degrees, which was the state capital's lowest temperature in just over a year and 8 degrees below the monthly average.
Roads were closed at Black Mountain near Armidale in the Northern Tablelands due to ice.
The New England Highway was closed between Armidale and Glen Innes due to snow and ice, the Transport Management Centre said.
The highway will reopen once the ice has thawed and it is deemed safe to travel on, which may take several hours, the centre said.
Clear skies and light winds last night combined with lingering cold air, following days of persistent southerly winds, Mr Domensino said.
This set-up allowed heat to radiate away from the surface during the night, providing the ideal conditions for the mercury to plummet this morning.
At one stage this morning, the Northern Tablelands were colder than the Snowy Mountains.
Glenn Innes cooled to an icy -9 degrees shortly before 6am, 8 degrees below average and the coldest August morning in four years.
Fog and frost became prominent features as temperatures dropped around the state.
Further south, visibility was reduced to 200 metres in thick fog in Orange, where the temperature reached a low of -4 degrees.
Closer to the coast, Sydney escaped with a low of 7 degrees, which was only two below average thanks to the moderating influence of the Tasman Sea.
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