Freezing nights and mornings across the region
Wednesday, 17 August 2005
Freezing temperatures have been recorded across a widespread
area of the Hunter Region in the last 7 mornings. This morning Williamtown
recorded a low of -1.7°C making it the coldest August morning since 1970. The
cold nights started end of last week in the wake of a cold front that hit the
Hunter Region during the afternoon on Wednesday the 10th of August. The cold
front brought substantially cold air in the lower troposphere and resulted in
dry conditions near the surface. Light snowfalls fell on the mountain areas of
the upper Hunter and small hail was observed in the afternoon of the 10th of
August in isolated areas of the lower Hunter. The combination of the cold air
and the clear, calm conditions that followed the cold front caused the
temperature to plummet by the night.
Murrurundi has officially experienced the coldest nights and
mornings so far across the region. On Saturday the 13th of August, the
temperature got down to -6.2°C early in the morning. This was the coldest August
night recorded in Murrurundi since 1994. Further more, six of the seven past
mornings have been below 0°C at Murrurundi. The warmest morning recorded in the
past week at Murrurundi has only been 0.5°C.
Other minimum temperatures recorded in the past 7 mornings
include -2.5°C at Cessnock, -4.0°C at Singleton, -3.7°C at Scone Airport and
-2.0°C at Maitland. Newcastle University recorded a milder low temperature of
1.8°C this morning. The milder temperature at Newcastle University reflects its
urbanised location of the station and its closer proximity to the ocean.