Melbourne Was The Coldest Major City In The Whole World This Morning

When we think of Australia, we think of shrimps on barbies, surfers in bikinis and terrifying creepy crawlies.

Well, stick all of that on hold for a bit, because this morning the citizens of the city of Melbourne awoke to find that their city was the coldest major city on earth.

Yup, even parts of Iceland, Alaska and Canada were warmer places to be than the Australian city, located in the state of Victoria, which is no stranger to temperatures above the 40-degree Celsius mark.

Admittedly, they are just about into their winter at this time of year, but it is still remarkable that Melbourne would be so cold.

In fact, the whole of Oz is currently having a bit of a cold snap. Temperatures in the Northern Territory dropped below freezing and eventually got down to -3.7C last night. That's as low as the mercury has dropped in central Australia for two years.

Southern Australia is having its coldest winter in seven years and Sydney has been battered by hail and rain.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

Snow isn't something you'd normally associate with Australia either - obviously they've got mountains that have snow, but that doesn't count - but a heavy snowfall has been reported across parts of New South Wales recently too.

Winter begins at the start of June down under and continues until the end of August, but even during their winter, these types of extremes are relatively unusual.

Meanwhile, back in Melbourne, the thermometer gave readings of about 4C as commuters made their way to work this morning.

While that would be only slightly chilly in the UK given the winter we've just been through, and would be tops off and sunbathing weather for the hardy folk up in the Scandinavian north, that's bloody freezing by Aussie standards.

To put that into context, it was 9C in the Icelandic capital of Reykjavik, and 13C in Anchorage, Alaska.

Outside of the city, in the Alpine regions of Victoria state the cold was even more pronounced. It got down to -4 in certain places. OK, even in the northern UK, that's pretty cold.

It's not going to last long, though. The forecasters reckon that it will pick back up again later in the week. Despite starting chilly in the mornings, it will be into the double figures by the afternoons in most of the places.

Aussie Bureau of Meteorology weather forecaster Rose Barr told the Mail that a 'slight warming trend in maximum temperatures' would come along later in the week.

Until then, put a jumper on and stop whinging.

Featured Image Credit: PA

Tom Wood

Tom Wood is a freelance journalist and LADbible contributor. He graduated from University of London with a BA in Philosophy before studying for a Masters in Journalism at the University of Salford. He has previously written for the M.E.N Group as well as working for several top professional sports clubs. Contact him on [email protected]

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