If you found it hard to get out of bed on Monday morning, you weren’t alone.
The Nation’s Capital has shivered through one of its coldest April mornings on record.
Temperatures at the Canberra Airport dipped to -2.6 on Monday morning but the ‘real feel’ temperature reached as low as -5.8 degrees.
It’s the coldest April morning on record at the current site of the airport weather station, which opened in 2008.
The previous recorded April low at the current site was -1.9 degrees on 24 April 2013.
However, the Bureau of Meteorology’s Helen Reid said the former weather station, also located at the airport, recorded a low of -3.7 on ANZAC Day back in 1999.
“While this morning might not technically be the record for the region, it is definitely a chilly one in the record books.”
It comes as a cold snap continues to move its way across Australia’s south-east, with our first taste of winter set to hang around over the coming days.
“It’s been a glorious blast of cold air, right from the south, the winds have been quite light overnight so that cool air has been able to just settle and the wind hasn’t been there to stir it up at all.”
Sunny conditions throughout the day are expected to help to thaw out some of the cooler air before another system moves its way through the region, bringing with it some relief, from the middle of the week.
“We do need to be mindful that tomorrow morning will also be on the cooler end of the scale, around the freezing level so there might be some frosty patches tomorrow.” Ms Reid said.
“By the time we get to Wednesday, we’ll have another system moving through and that will be a windier occasion so it’ll be a warmer day and even the morning temperatures won’t be quite so frosty.”