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Melbourne shivers through coldest April in 60 years

Article from: Herald Sun

By Sarah Wotherspoon

April 30, 2009 08:22am

MELBOURNE has shivered through its coldest April morning in over 50 years, with temperatures dropping below freezing in some suburbs.

Melbourne recorded a low of 2.9C just before 7am, the equal lowest April minimum temperature since 1957, while a number of suburbs had temperatures of between 0C and 2C.

In Coldstream, in Melbourne’s outer east, the mercury dropped to -2.7C, while Mt Hotham had the morning’s lowest temperature of 4.4C – a day after the mountain recorded the lowest ever April minimum temperature of -8.2C.

Melbourne set another record yesterday when it recorded four days in a row below 15C for the first time since 1949, according to a report in The Herald Sun.

Weather bureau duty forecaster James Taylor said the freezing conditions were the result of a low pressure system that swept across Victoria last weekend.

“Across the state we’ve had widespread frost this morning. The reason it was so cold last night is due to a dry air mass and clear skies,” he said.

Mr Taylor said minimum temperatures were likely to rise to an average of 8C next week.

Read more on this story at The Herald Sun 

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