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Australians shiver through coldest winter morning in 30 years by Bonnie Malkin
Wednesday, August 11th 2010, 12:13 PM GMT
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Sydney was blanketed in frost on Wednesday as the city shivered through the coldest June morning in nearly 30 years, with temperatures at just 4C (39F).

Thanks to an Antarctic front blown toward Australia by strong winds, Sydney awoke to its coldest June morning since 1983.

Frost covered the ground in city parks, as well as large swaths of inland New South Wales, pushing the temperature to -4C (24.8F) in the rural towns of Bourke and Walgett.

The Sydney Morning Herald greeted readers with the headline "Have an ice day" in a city where most houses lack central heating, thanks to the its famously warm and lengthy summers and traditionally brief winters.

Freezing weather is a feature of Australian winters, but it usually arrives later in the year, during the midwinter months of July and August.

The cold snap in Sydney came one day after Melbourne suffered its coldest day in two years, with temperatures struggling to reach 50F.

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Residents of the usually balmy Queensland capital Brisbane have also been shocked by the cold, after the mercury dropped to below 46.4F overnight.

Forecasters have blamed the cool spell on a blast of icy weather from the Antarctic. Clear skies have also kept the temperatures down, allowing warm daytime air to rise at night.

Sydney residents have been warned to brace for more cold weather until the weekend, when temperatures are forecast to rise slightly.

Despite climate change, 2010 has been predicted to be one of the coldest years on record globally. In the northern hemisphere, Britain recorded the coldest January in 23 years and America recorded the coldest start to the year in 25 years.
Source Link: telegraph.co.uk