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Coldest August morning in 21 years as south-east shivers towards spring

9News.com.au logo 9News.com.au 28/08/2018 Gemma Bath

Melbourne has shivered through its coldest August morning in 21 years, as sub zero temperatures sweep across the country’s south east.

The Victorian capital had broken the cold record yesterday with a low of 1.9 degrees, however this morning it was even colder – reaching an official low of 0.8 degrees.

Alpine, and inland areas of the state were even cooler - Tullamarine had its coldest low in 32 years with a temperature of -2.0 degrees.

Mount Hotham shivered through -9.8, Falls Creek reached -9.6 and Yarrawonga -5.2.

A frost warning was issued for the entire state of Victoria overnight, with the Bureau of Meteorology warning of “severe” frost particularly for the Mallee, Wimmera and East Gippsland districts.

Weatherzone meteorologist Graeme Brittain says it’s not unusual to have fluctuating weather at the change of season.

“This morning’s temperatures don’t necessarily mean spring will be cold on average. Current predictions actually show the season will be warmer than average for the south east of Australia,” he told 9NEWS.

“We do generally see spells of cold in between warmer than average weather. It’s a transition season, so the southern part of Australia becomes a battleground between the colder and warmer air," said Mr Brittain.

New South Wales also woke up to a chilly start, with Sydney also recording its coldest August night in 21 years reaching 4.6 degrees.

Perisher was this morning the coldest it has been in Australia, in six years. The temperature reached -14.2.

Elsewhere in the state, Deniliquin reached -4.1 degrees and Wagga Wagga had its coldest August start in 19 years.

Both states are warming up today, Sydney is in for a sunny top of 17 degrees, while Melbourne is looking at a sunny 15 degrees.

It's raining in Western Australia, with a strong change Perth will clock up its wettest month in 14 years. The city has so far collected 165.2mm in August, with more rain forecast over the next 24 hours.

They're headed for a top of 17 degrees, with rain and thunderstorms continuing all day.

Not a cloud in sight for Queensland, with sun and tops of 25 predicted.

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