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Adelaide records its coldest morning in almost three years as the Bureau of Meteorology reveals that temperatures in June were warmer than usual

Adelaide records its coldest morning in almost three years as the Bureau of Meteorology reveals that temperatures in June were warmer than usual

Adelaide records its coldest morning in almost three years as the Bureau of Meteorology reveals that temperatures in June were warmer than usual

Adelaide experienced its coldest morning in almost three years on Tuesday as temperatures dipped below freezing in parts of the city overnight.

Speaking to ABC Radio Adelaide, Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster Simon Timke said it was the coldest morning in the state capital since August 27, 2021.

Mr Timke said Adelaide’s overall minimum temperature at 5.50am had fallen to 2.6C, but it had been considerably cooler in the suburbs.

“At Parafield it was down to -0.1C, at Edinburgh it was 0.6C, at Mount Lofty it was 1.1C and at Adelaide Airport it was 1.5C, so it was a pretty cold start,” he said.

“Most of those minimum temperatures occurred a little earlier. We have had a slight increase in the northwest wind which has raised the temperature a little.”

Mr Timke said cold temperatures were expected to persist with a high of 14C on Wednesday, with maximum temperatures rising slightly towards the end of the week.

Freezing and sub-zero temperatures were recorded in parts of South Australia, including Coonawarra in the south-east, along with Roxby Downs and Leigh Creek in the far north.

A frost warning has been issued for parts of the Mount Lofty Ranges, Murraylands, Mid North, Riverland and Upper South East and Lower South East for Wednesday, when temperatures are forecast to drop further to -2C.

A curious caveat to the frigid temperatures was that Australia’s national average temperature for the month of June was warmer than previous years, recording 0.71°C higher than normal.

This was largely due to Western Australia being warmer than usual, recording its eighth warmest June on record.

In 2024, June was the fifth of six months so far in which average temperatures across Australia were warmer than usual, although some areas were unusually cold.

Meanwhile, Melbourne was very close to its long-term average minimum and maximum temperatures for the month, with an average minimum of 6.9°C compared to a long-term average of 7°C.

Melbourne could experience its coldest week in 11 years if the stagnant weather pattern persists and early morning temperatures remain at 5°C or below.

However, the coldest morning of the week is forecast for Wednesday, when temperatures are expected to drop to 1°C, 5°C below the July average.

Canberra was cooler than average, with an average minimum temperature of 0.1°C, compared to its long-term average of 1.2°C.

Interestingly, both Sydney and Hobart had slightly warmer temperatures overall, although the entire state of New South Wales and Tasmania were cooler than long-term averages.