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Frosty morning as wild storms finally clear in Perth

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Perth has shivered through an early morning cold snap that had people scraping the frost off their windscreens.

But while it might have felt like it, Bureau of Meteorology duty forecaster Jessica Lingard said it wasn’t the coldest day of the year.

The city reached a frosty 3.2C at 5.45am on Thursday, but had passed that mark on a couple of occasions already this year — recording 2.5C on July 3, 3.1C on June 4 and 3.7C on August 11.

“We’ve just come out of a couple of days where the minimum temperatures were really quite warm. . .we had those northerly winds which helped keep things warm,” she said.

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“So today’s very chilly temperature was almost a little bit of a shock. What makes it so cold is that we had all that cloud cover with all the showers, and cloud overnight acts like a bit of a doona keeping the surface warm. So, when we don’t have cloud cover the temperature just plummets out and then we’ve had really light winds.

“I had frost on my windscreen as I drove to work this morning, it was noticeably cold. It has dropped this low recently but it does feel significantly different to the last couple of mornings.”

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