Winter well and truly arrived in the Nation’s Capital on Wednesday.

Canberrans awoke to a dusting of snow atop the mountains surrounding the ACT, in what was an ominous precursor of sorts for the day ahead as the city officially shivered through its coldest start to the season in more than 70 years.

Temperatures at the airport only reached a high of 8.3 degrees just after 1:40pm on Wednesday.

That makes it Canberra’s coldest maximum temperature for the first day of Winter since 1948 when temps reached just 6 degrees.

Despite the mercury reaching into the eight degrees, it felt much, much colder – with the real feel temperature sitting below zero for parts of the day.

Temps across the region remain unseasonably low as a cold front continues to move through, just two days ago Canberra recorded its coldest day for the month of May in 22 years.

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