The big freeze

June 15, 2017

Eerie sight: Barooga's Ellie Griffiths snapped this shot of an old tanker and trees shrouded in fog last week near Katunga.

The Cobram Barooga region has been shivering through a frosty start to winter, with the temperatures dropping below zero overnight.

Fog has also been blanketing the region thanks to low overnight temperatures.

Barooga’s Elise Griffiths snapped this photo on a particularly cool morning on her way to school in Numurkah last week.

Elise said she noticed how beautiful the sun looked coming through the fog.

She picked the spot, near Katunga’s Glenarron Farms on Numurkah Rd, for the beautiful view created by the trees and the old tanker, with the sun shining through.

With winter officially starting a fortnight ago, the region has already seen some low temperatures, including -1.3°C and -1.2°C on June 4 and 5 respectively, as well as also recording -0.5°C and -0.6°C this month.

The highest the mercury has climbed above zero overnight this month is only a chilly 2.1°C, recorded on June 7 and 8.

It’s the chilliest start to winter in the past decade, according to figures from the Bureau of Meteorology’s closest measuring station at Tocumwal.

It’s also the earliest the cold temperatures have set in during June, with June 22, 23, 24 and 26 dropping below zero in 2007, June 14 and 28 in 2010, June 11 in 2011, June 20 and 27 in 2012 and below zero on June 3, 21 and 22 in 2015.

There were no June nights that dropped below zero in 2016, 2014, 2013, 2009 and 2008 according to the data.

The temperatures are set to remain cool for the rest of the week, with daytime temperatures reaching about 16°C each day, and overnight lows of 2°C or 3°C.

●If you’ve taken a fantastic photo around the region recently, send it to with some details about where and when it was taken and we’ll feature it in an upcoming issue of the Courier.

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