Capital cities along the east coast shivered through the beginning of winter today as Brisbane, Canberra and Sydney woke up to their chilliest morning since the start of the year.

Capital cities along the east coast shivered through the beginning of winter today as Brisbane, Canberra and Sydney woke up to their coldest morning since the start of the year.

Temperatures in Sydney plunged with single digits to 9.6 degrees with Canberra dipping to -2.6 degrees as the mercury in Brisbane stood at 11.4 degrees Celsius.

The New South Wales recorded a chilly morning today that ushered in clear skies and cold air following a cold front during the weekend.

Sunshine helped to brighten the morning though peak temperatures are forecast at about five degrees lower than the April average.

Sydney is expected to hit 21 degrees today.

The Bureau of Meteorology reported that Canberra experienced “frosty” conditions this morning as temperatures dropped to -2.6 degrees Celsius at the airport, adding that it seemed like “almost one for the April record books”.

Canberra is forecast to warm up to 17 degrees Celsius today, the Bureau told Storm Assist.

The mercury in Brisbane dipped to 8 degrees Celsius below average this morning with the Airport recording 11.5 degrees Celsius, a significant difference compared to the last few days, which only recorded lows of 18 degrees Celsius.

The Sunshine Coast plunged to 10.9 degrees as the Gold Coast recorded a low of 15 degrees Celsius.

However, the renowned coldest town of Applethorpe in Queensland stole the show this morning with its spine-tingling low of 1.1 degrees, with Oakey and Warwick coming in close to dip at 2.5 degrees Celsius.

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