20 June 2023

How low can we go? Riverina set to shiver through near-record temperatures overnight

| Shri Gayathirie Rajen
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Foggy Baylis Street on Tuesday around 9 am when the temperature was still below 4 degrees Celsius. Photo: Shri Gayathirie Rajen.

Riverina residents awoke to a chilly and foggy morning on Tuesday as the mercury dipped to -3 degrees Celsius.

Temperatures dropped to -0.5C in Wagga, -1.7C in Deniliquin, -2.4C in Narrandera and -3C in Griffith.

Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) spokesperson Kate Doyle said the day reached 10C, which was four degrees below average, under cloudy skies.

“We are expecting an even colder start tomorrow morning and we’re getting down to -4C [for both Griffith and Wagga],” Ms Doyle said.

“Wagga’s record coldest was -5.2, which was recorded on 18 June, 1975, and Griffith’s record coldest was -4, which was recorded on 22 June, 2007.

“The temperatures are colder than average but not quite record-breaking just yet.”

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The average minimum temperature for June is 3.7C in Wagga and 4.5C in Griffith.

In 2022, the coldest June day in Wagga was -1C, while Griffith recorded -1.6C.

Despite the predicted warmer and drier-than-average season, Riverina will experience some rainfall this week.

“We are expecting the next front to make its way through Thursday into Friday and expect five to 10 millimetres of rain,” Ms Doyle said.

“We are expecting showers to hang around the southeastern parts of the Riverina over the weekend.

“Temperatures will be warming by the time we get to the weekend.”

The bureau said the unusually dry forecast for winter was being influenced by several factors, including the warming in the tropical Pacific Ocean towards El Nino thresholds.

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The forecast for the week:

Wednesday – Min -4, max 11
Thursday – Min 2, max 12
Friday – Min 5, max 12
Saturday – Min 4, max 14
Sunday – Min 3, max 15

Wednesday – Min -4, max 13
Thursday – Min 2, max 13
Friday – Min 4, max 14
Saturday – Min 3, max 16
Sunday – Min 4, max 17

Visit the BoM for the updated weather forecast for Wagga Wagga and Griffith.

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