Mudgee had its coldest July morning in 11 years and the coldest of any month in seven years this week, as winter continues to make its presence known.
The minimum temperature prior to 9am on Tuesday was -6.1°C, which although not a record is still the lowest the mercury has been at the Mudgee Airport weather station since May 30, 2010 (-6.7°C).
To find a colder July you would need to go back to 2006 (-6.6°C on the 10th), the record for the middle month of winter is -7.7°C in 2002.
Of the first 13 days of July 2017, 12 have started below zero.
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.
According to Weatherzone.com.au the six-below on Tuesday morning was caused by a combination of clear skies and light winds under a high pressure system helped temperatures plummet across the state.
The mercury dipped as much as seven degrees below average in parts of the Hunter, Central Tablelands and Southern Tablelands districts.
The recent run of cold mornings in NSW has coincided with a spell of dry weather, as high pressure systems typically cause both.
As of Thursday Mudgee has received just 1mm of rain this month so far, the average is 49mm.
Residents are being warned to prepare for another frosty start on Sunday, with sub-zero temperatures predicted with a minimum of -5°C.