Mudgee is enduring a freezing start to July, with nine of the first 10 days of the month starting below zero.
The average minimum temperature has been –3°C at the Mudgee Airport weather station.
Although that’s significantly colder than the record (-1.9°C set in 2002) it may not last with three quarters of the month remaining.
As of Monday the coldest night was prior to 9am on Sunday the 2nd which bottomed out at -5.6°C.
The night prior to that was an almost as chilly -5.3°C.
Furthermore, this week began with -4.6°C on Monday morning.
The only night that didn’t get below freezing was prior to 9am on Tuesday the 4th, which dipped to 3.2°C thanks to cloud cover and rain.
The latter has also been a rarity, with a mere 0.8mm recorded in July so far, following one of the driest Junes on record.
More frost is forecast for Mudgee on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
According to Weatherzone.com.au overnight minimum temperatures have been below average for most of southern and central Australia due to an abnormally high pressure over southern Australia causing clearer than usual skies and lighter winds, which allowed daytime heat to escape easily during nighttime hours.
The other weather stations in the Mid-Western Region have fared slightly better.
Gulgong had just five sub-zero nights with the coldest at -1°C.
While Nullo Mountain has only dipped below freezing twice, the lowest -2.3°C on the first night of the month.