Parts of Great Dividing Range even saw frost, and forecasters have said more cool nights are on their way.
“For many it was the coldest morning of the year including Melbourne and Adelaide and Ballarat which reached 1C,” said Sky News Weather channel meteorologist Tom Saunders on Thursday.
Weather maps from early this morning show a large wash of dark blue over much of the south east indicating temperatures below 10C.
But cold doesn’t necessarily mean rain with drought conditions set to continue particularly over inland areas.
As well as Ballarat’s bracing low, Horsham sunk to barely 2C at 7.30am this morning while the Alps saw -3.5C at 6.20am.
Melbourne dipped below 10C just after 7am, with the Bureau of Meteorology confirming it as the city’s coldest morning since November 22 last year.
In South Australia, the mercury at Adelaide Airport fell to 9.6C at dawn while Kingscote and Naracoorte recorded 3.5C early this morning.
While scorching weather is still a feature of central Australia, unlike in recent months it’s not being sucked down to the south east.
Rather a series of fronts is keeping temperatures down across south Australia, Victoria and Tasmania and into New South Wales.
“We’re looking at colder autumnal temperatures, although it will warm up but not as hot as summer,” said Mr Saunders.
Warm, pleasant days are in order but, particularly into next week, it’s forecast to be far cooler overnight.
The heat is still there however. On Saturday, inland areas of Victoria could see 30C, 35C in western NSW and even 40C in remote parts of South Australia.
Melbourne will see a partly sunny next few days reaching into the mid-twenties and with lows in the early to mid teens. In Ballarat, the mornings will be similar to Melbourne over the weekend but could get chilly next week, down into the low single figures.
Do you like chilly mornings and #coolstats ? We’ve got a #doozy for you this morning – #Melbourne saw its coldest morning since November 22nd – 9.7°C. Single digits and low teens throughout #Victoria this morning. Mostly sunny day forecast for #Victoria https://t.co/2BCbUp6Cjh pic.twitter.com/6iekd4qJix
— Bureau of Meteorology, Victoria (@BOM_Vic) March 6, 2019
For many locations, especially across the southeast it has been the coldest morning this year. Lowest minimum recorded at Padthaway 2.6 C. Check out observations at https://t.co/F8RPC6P50X pic.twitter.com/ZhS5T8WNzA
— Bureau of Meteorology, South Australia (@BOM_SA) March 6, 2019
Low twenties and possible rain in Hobart for the coming days with overnight lows of 8-15C.
A bit warmer in Adelaide peaking between 26-30C for the next few days and into the weekend. Lows of 15-18C over the weekend but falling to just 12C mid next week.
Cool mornings in Canberra are an early sign of seasons to come. Expect just 8C at dawn on Friday but weekend mornings should be milder before the mercury drops again. Highs around 29C for the weekend.
Parts of Queensland could be wet and humid. Brisbane is forecast to see some showers with highs of 32-34C over the weekend.
Sydney could get as high as 30C on the weekend and 32C early next week with the odd shower. Lows around the 20C mark.
Darwin is looking at highs of around 33-34C with settled conditions for the next few days. Storms returning next week.
Perth could see rain, heavy at times on Thursday but the weekend should be sunny. Highs of 25-30C leading into a warm week.