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Image courtesy Amanda Playford.

SOUTH-EASTERN AUSTRALIA SHIVERS THROUGH A COLD-SNAP

The NBN broadcast region has woken up to bitingly low temperatures, as a cold spell moves across south-east Australia.

Williamtown Airbase recorded a low of 4.2-degrees at 5:40am, while Gosford on the Central Coast reached 4.1 at 9:40pm on Friday night.

The Upper Hunter and North West both dipped below zero – Scone dropping to -3 degrees at 6:40am, and Tamworth recording -2.5 at 6:40am.

The Mid North Coast and Northern Rivers didn’t escape the cold either, with Coffs Habour dropping to 3.6 degrees at 6:30am, and Lismore recording a low of 4.2 at 4:40am.

The Gold Coast fared the best, with Coolangatta reaching a relatively mild 10.6 degrees at 7am and Nerang posting a low of 11.3 at 6:50am.

A band of cloud followed by a pocket of cold dry air has been crossing the Tasman Sea, bringing showers, hail and snow across parts of southern Australia over the weekend.

Sydney is also bracing for the coldest weekend in two years, with minimum temperatures plunging to 5.8 degrees in central Sydney and 4.4 degrees in the west around 6am this morning.

In Canberra, temperatures reached -8.7 degrees this morning, with tops expected to reach 13 degrees, before plummeting to -7 degrees tonight.

Image courtesy Amanda Playford, taken at Greta this morning.

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Digital and Social Media Producer at NBN News since October 2015. PhD research candidate at the University of Newcastle.