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Coldest ever night for Tasmania

Tasmania has a new record low temperature.

Liawenee, situated beside Great Lake in the Central Highlands registered a minimum temperature of -14.2 on Friday morning.

The area had been blanked in snow after half-a-metre fell earlier this week. The snow-covered ground, mixed with clear skies, light winds, and lingering cold air all helped temperatures plummet across the region on Thursday night. Unofficial temperatures around


Great Lake at a number of centres were well below -12 degrees.


The recording, taken just after 6am on Friday is the equal lowest temperature in Australia during the last nine years.


The previous Tasmanian low was shared by three locations, Tarraleah Village, Butlers Gorge, and Shannon (all in the Central Highlands) on 30th June 1983 when it dropped to -13. At that time the Liawenee Bureau of Meteorology station was not operational.


The lowest temperature ever recorded in Australia was -23.0 degrees at Charlotte Pass in the NSW Snowy Mountains on 29th June, 1994.