When returning home to Melbourne or visiting the city, have you ever touched down at Tullamarine in winter, stepped outside with your bags, and said to yourself, "Oh my god, it is f-f-freezing out here"?
Well, today would have been one of those days for sure, as the airport had its first day of 2022 with a maximum below 10 degrees.
The Melbourne Airport mercury peaked at just 9.9°C at 3:35 pm.
It wasn't much warmer in the city, with a top of just 11.7°C after 3 pm which made it Melbourne's equal second-coldest day of the year (the coldest was May 31 with a max of just 11.4°C).
And it wasn't just the Melbourne area that shivered through a wintry Wednesday. The day struggled to warm up across a broad swathe of Victoria from the Mallee to South Gippsland.
Here's a sample of other locations that had their coldest day of 2022 to date.
Latrobe Valley (near Traralgon): 9.1°C
Kilmore Gap: 5.5°C
Swan Hill Airport: 11.5°C
Pound Creek: 11.8°C
So why such a cold day?
This was an interesting day of weather. Usually, a day of low maximums in Victoria will occur in the wake of a cold front.
While a weak front is heading towards the southwest of the state and should keep things cool for the next couple of days, today's frigid temps were caused by a large mass of middle and high level cloud which you can see pretty clearly stretching across the country like a sash on the current satellite image.
There has been only light patchy rain associated with that cloud, but it was thick enough to limit daytime heating sigtnificantly.
There's a frost warning in place again for parts of Victoria tonight, so be sure to rug up and keep your eye on our warnings page here.
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