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Mercury plummets to new low in Shepparton

Shepparton recorded three of its coldest temperatures of the year in successive days.

SIONNIE KELLY August 5, 2014 3:08am

Nathan Petts of David Cullum Painting pours water on an iced-up vehicle windscreen yesterday morning.


 

Shepparton had its coldest morning of the year at the weekend.

Bureau of Meteorology forecaster James Taylor said the temperature plummeted to -3°C on Sunday morning.

It was the middle of a three-day cold snap, with Saturday morning reaching -1.8°C and yesterday was -2.8°C at 7am.

Mr Taylor said the low temperatures were because of dry air hovering over the state and no cloud cover, which had resulted in frosty mornings.

‘‘I don’t think it’s unusual for Shepparton,’’ he said.

‘‘But it’s certainly up there.’’

David Cullum Painting staff were among those who had to get up early and face the cold at 7.20am yesterday.

‘‘It was a bit fresh, a little bit icy,’’ owner David Cullum said.

‘‘I don’t mind the cold actually, you can rug up and when you get a frost you get a beautiful day.’’

But the cold did not make it easy for the painters, who had to find a way to defrost the company car to get to work.

‘‘We fill up buckets and throw them over the front of the car,’’ Mr Cullum said.

Mr Cullum said this was the best way to defrost the car, but because it was so cold the tap had frozen over and another water source had to be found.

‘‘We went down the back and got some water from under the verandah,’’ he said.

Mr Cullum said both the cold and hot weather have their downfalls.

‘‘I suppose winter is worse because we get the rain as well as the frost, we have trouble getting things dry,’’ he said.

The Bureau of Meteorology forecasted an overnight low of -2°C for today, with a morning frost and then a mostly sunny day reaching 13°C.

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