Ballarat has frozen on its equal coldest ever July day

Cold, grey and damp, Ballarat turned it on Wednesday as the shivered through its coldest ever July day. Picture: Kate Healy
Cold, grey and damp, Ballarat turned it on Wednesday as the shivered through its coldest ever July day. Picture: Kate Healy

FOR a city so well known for its cold weather, even Ballarat turned it up – or should that be down – to its freezing best on Wednesday.

The Bureau of Meteorology confirmed that Ballarat’s top temperature was just 4.4 degrees which occurred at 8.12am, making it the equal coldest July day alongside July 30, 1994.

But unusually, while 4.4 degrees was the top day-time temperature, the highest temperature recorded on Wednesday was actually 4.6 degrees at 4.40am. 

Senior Forecaster Dean Stewart said this anomaly happened due to the fact the Bureau takes its day-time maximums after 6am.

But if you were wondering if it was the coldest day ever recorded, you’d be a long way off. In fact, the coldest day ever actually occurred technically in autumn, back on May 31 in 1977 when the mercury struggled to just 3.2 degrees.

The coldest ever winter day happened on June 23, 1981 at just 4.2 degrees while the coldest ever August day was 4.3 degrees on August 8, 1960.

Expect nine degrees on Thursday.