If you thought it was cold this morning, spare a thought for Liawenee in the Central Highlands of Tasmania — it is still one of Australia’s coldest areas, and it’s just broken its own record.
Temperatures fell just after 6:00 a.m. to -14.2 degrees Celsius — a new low state high and even colder than Antarctica.
Michael Lasko of the Meteorology Bureau said the temperature of Liawenee was 2C colder than the previous record low of -12.2C in 2013.
“But also it looks like that -14.2 is the coldest minimum for all of Tasmania,” Mr Lasko said.
Back in 1983 at Tarraleah and Butlers Gorge the previous record for Tasmania was -13C.
It is the lowest temperature since weather recording began around 20 years ago at Liawenee.
“We’ve had observations in Hobart at least for about 100 years and observations up on some of those mountainous areas at least the last 50 years,” Mr Lasko said.
Meteorologist Simon Louis said it was colder than a research station in Australia-Antarctic.
“Casey station in Antarctica it only got to -12, so it was actually colder up at Liawenee than it would have been at least at Casey in Antarctica last night,” he said.
“I don’t think that would happen very often at all.”
There is cloud about the south, lower east and southwest of #Tasmania in this satellite image. Snow is clearly visible on the Central Plateau, over the Ben Lomond Plateau, and at Mt Barrow, Mt Field NP and the Snowy Range. pic.twitter.com/c9JfCzkvgU
— Bureau of Meteorology, Tasmania (@BOM_Tas) August 6, 2020
Other cold temperatures around the state overnight include -3C at Strahan on the west coast, -2C at Wynyard in the north-west and -3C in Launceston.