We may not be looking down the barrel of more minus five mornings but rest assured the wet weather over the next few days will bring cold temperatures.
The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a sheep grazier’s warning for many eastern parts of NSW, including the Southern Tablelands.
“Sheep Graziers are warned that cool temperatures, rain and northeasterly winds are expected during Tuesday,” the BOM said.
There is a high risk of losses of lambs and sheep exposed to these conditions.
Statistics from the BOM
The latest statistics from Bureau of Meteorology climatologist Aaron Coutts-Smith are from the Canberra Airport.
As the Yass weather station at the Rural Fire Service office isn’t monitored on weekends, the most reliable, closest temperatures are from the airport.
Mr Coutts-Smith said the weather station at Burrinjuck Dam also has a reliable, long-term record but the water moderates the temperature and therefore isn’t suitable for Yass Valley records.
Maximum temperatures (daytime temperature)
• 9.3°C coldest day time temp so far this winter
• Coldest since 7°C was recorded on 24 July 2011
• 2.1°C is the coldest day time temp on record and was recorded 25 June 1949
• Average for July to date is 12°C, above the long term average of 11.4°C
Minimum temperatures (night time temperature)
• -6.3°C is coldest night time temp so far this winter
• Coldest since -7.3°C was recorded on 21 July 2004
• -10°C is the coldest night time temp on record and was recorded 11 July 1971
• June 2012 average was 0.6°C and is the coolest since 2010
• Average for July to date is -4.2C, above the long term average of -0.1°C
• Lowest monthly average is -3.2°C in July 1971
Spells of cold night time temperatures at Canberra Airport
• 14 July 2004 is the last time Canberra Airport had a run of 10 cold nights colder than this
• 28 July 2000 is the last time Canberra Airport had a run of 9 nights below -2°C
• 1987 is the last time Canberra Airport had this cold a start to July
• The forecast rain will break this run of cold nights.