Riverina shivers as record-breaking freeze sets in

IT WAS the perfect day for a sleep-in around the Riverina yesterday, with overnight temperatures plunging to below zero.

Narrandera residents shivered through the worst of it, recording -5, while Hay wasn’t far behind, notching up -4.6 at 7.30am – the town’s coldest August in 17 years, beating 1997’s low of -2.5.

In Canberra, -6 made it the coldest morning in over a year while further afield, Cooma woke up to a chilling -10.6 and Perisher froze with -13.

Hillston (-5) had its coldest morning in over 50 years of records. The previous coldest morning was in July 1958 when the mercury dropped to -4.4.

Griffith (-3.3) recorded its coldest morning since June 2007 and the coldest August morning in 33 years.

The icy temperatures were thanks to a mix of perfect ingredients for a cold night: a very cold air mass, clear skies and light winds.