As the mercury plummets towards zero, people are being warned to rug up and prepare for the coldest weekend of the year.
Unsuprisingly, the highlands in New South Wales and Victoria will bear the brunt of the bitter temperatures but city-slickers are also not immune to the chill.
Suburbs in Melbourne have frozen to 2C while parts of Sydney’s west will experience weather below freezing over the weekend – hitting as low as -1C.
However, conditions will remain relatively balmy compared to the capital, with Canberra set to shiver to -5C on Saturday.
While each mid-winter is often viewed as colder than the last, the Bureau of Meteorology has confirmed this year’s temperatures are well below the norm
It follows a week in the ACT which has seen temperatures drop to as low as -8.5C on Wednesday.
And according to Bureau of Meteorology Senior Forecaster Jake Phillips, the east coast’s glacial conditions have yet to reach their trough.
‘Just about the whole state is cooler than average for this time of year. In some parts of the state it can be five or six degrees below average,’ he told Daily Mail Australia.
‘Places like Penrith and Richmond the next couple of mornings are going to be down to the zero mark – maybe even below zero.
‘And it’s going to get even colder, with a lot of places set to be six or even eight degrees below average for their minimum temperatures over the weekend.’
But while each mid-winter is often viewed as colder than the last, the Bureau of Meteorology has confirmed this year’s temperatures are well below the norm.
As the mercury plummets towards zero, people are being warned to rug up and prepare for the coldest weekend of the year
‘A large portion of the state, with the exception of the coastal fringe will be getting down to zero if not below zero,’according to the Bureau of Meteorology
‘It’s been colder than average yesterday and today and the next couple of mornings are going to be even colder yet,’ said Mr Phillips.
‘Even in the city we’ll be looking at temperatures below average, minimums on the weekend, particularly Sunday, it might get down to four or five degrees essentially.
‘A large portion of the state, with the exception of the coastal fringe will be getting down to zero if not below zero.’
Elsewhere in eastern Australia, the notoriously frosty city of Ballarat in central Victoria had its coldest July day in 24 years this week.
Melbournians will have the upper-hand when it comes to the much-craved daylight, with the sun-setting at 5.18pm compared to darkness reaching Sydney at just 5.03pm
In the nearby city Bendigo, temperatures were also at a record low, freezing through its coldest July day since 1996.
On Saturday, Melbourne’s mercury will drop to just 3C while the Sydney CBD will hit just two degrees warmer.
However, Melbournians will have the upper-hand when it comes to the much-craved daylight, with the sun-setting at 5.18pm compared to darkness reaching Sydney at just 5.03pm.
HOW COLD IS IT IN YOUR CITY?
SATURDAY: Min 7, Max 17
SUNDAY: Min 5, Max 17
MONDAY: Min: 5, Max 18
TUESDAY: Min: 9 Max: 22
SATURDAY: Min: -5 Max 12
SUNDAY: Min -4, Max 11
MONDAY: Min -4, Max 11
TUESDAY: Min: 0 Max: 13
SATURDAY: Min 9 Max 18
SUNDAY: Min 8 Max 17
MONDAY: Min 11 Max 19
TUESDAY: Min 9 Max 19
SATURDAY: Min 6, Max 21
SUNDAY: Min 6, Max 21
MONDAY: Min 8, Max 22
TUESDAY: Min 7, Max 23
SATURDAY: Min 3 Max: 14
SUNDAY: Min 5 Max: 14
MONDAY: Min 7 Max: 13
TUESDAY: Min: 10 Max: 14
SATURDAY: Min 6, Max 16
SUNDAY: Min: 7 Max: 17
MONDAY: Min 6 Max 15
TUESDAY: Min: 9 Max: 15
SATURDAY: Min 5, Max 11
SUNDAY: Min 3, Max 13
MONDAY: Min 4, Max 13
TUESDAY: Min: 7 Max 13
SATURDAY: Min 18, Max 31
SUNDAY: Min 19, Max 31
MONDAY: Min 20, Max 31
TUESDAY: Min 20, Max 32
Source: Bureau of Meterology