City shivers, and there’s no respite tonight

The sun pierces a blanket of fog along the Maribyrnong River at Maribyrnong at 7.30 this morning, Melbourne’s coldest morning this winter. Photo: Jason South Rug up … Commuters face a frosty ride to work this morning. Photo: Louise Kennerley

Roll out the Snuggies and roll on the bed socks – while you’re at it, perhaps dig out an extra lightglobe or two.

Following Thursday’s frigid conditions – the coldest June morning since 2002 – Melburnians can expect a cold night and morning with temperatures expected to drop to 4 degrees overnight in the city, dipping to slightly chillier temperatures in the surrounding suburbs.

Friday also marks the shortest day of the year, the winter solstice. The sun will rise at 7.36am and set at 5.08pm, giving just 9 hours and 32 minutes of daylight.

Weather forecasters say that while minimum temperatures will remain around the 4 degree mark for the next six days, the truly icy nights and mornings are behind us – for this week at least.

On Thursday, Melbourne dipped to 2.3 degrees at 6.55am, which is as cold as it was on July 7 last year.

The last June morning this cold was in 2002, when it got to 1.6 degrees.

The suburbs had an even chillier greeting in the morning: Melbourne Airport dipped to 0.9 degrees at 7.01am, Scoresby dipped below freezing to -0.6 at 6.52am, and Coldstream lived up to its name with -3.5 degrees at 6.38am.

Those temperatures were as cold as the snowfields.

Mt Buller got to -3.5 at 6.18am, and Falls Creek -4 at 1.02am.

“It’s been almost a year since we’ve had a day this cold,” said Bureau of Meteorology duty forecaster Peter Newham.

However, it’s still not record-breaking. “We haven’t had a night below zero in Melbourne for thirty or forty years.”

The Bureau is forecasting a top of 14 for Melbourne for each of the next six days, with minimum temperatures of between four and six.

While cold, the weather should be mostly sunny as no rain is forecast.

The original release of this article first appeared on the website of Hangzhou Night Net.