Melburnians woke on Sunday morning to a thick blanket of fog engulfing their city, and it hung around all day holding temperatures at record low levels.
The city of Melbourne reached a maximum high of just 9.6C (49.3F) on Sunday — officially it’s coldest June day since 1985 (solar minimum of cycle 20).
Other record lows over the weekend include the 3.8C (38.8F) at South Australia’s grape-growing region Coonawarra — its coldest day in 37 years, with the region also extending its chilly run of mornings dipping below -2C (28.4F) to 5 (a feat which has not been achieved in 47 years).
It was the coldest in 12 years at nearby Mt Gambier over the weekend — with -2.2C (28F) recorded.
While 12-year lows were also observed in Queensland’s Birdsville and St George with the mercury sinking to 0.5C (32.9F) and -2.9C (26.8F) respectively.
And 8-year-cold-records tumbled following the -3.8C (25.2F) in NSW’s Moree, the 0.8C (33.4F) in SA’s Coober Pedy, and the -3.8C (25.2F) in SA’s Naracoorte.
And the wintry conditions continued into Monday, with morning commuters battling freezing temperatures and severe frosts across much of south eastern Australia — with the BoM even issuing a frost warning for the region.
Yunta, north of Adelaide, recorded South Australia’s seven year low of -7.1C (18.3F).
While other notable Monday morning lows include the -0.5C (31.1F) at Edithburgh — the town’s lowest temperature in 22 years, and Noarlunga’s -2C (28.4F) — the suburb’s lowest in at least 19 years.
The cold times are returning, as the sun enters it’s next Grand Solar Minimum cycle:
Grand Solar Minimum + Pole Shift