Coldest August morning on record makes Murray Bridge shiver

Your fingers and toes are right, the Bureau of Meteorology says - it was cold, alright.

If you were shivering this morning, it was for good reason – it was one of the coldest ever recorded in Murray Bridge.

The temperature sank to -4.4 degrees Celsius at dawn, according to the Bureau of Meteorology’s weather station at Pallamana.

That made it the coldest August morning recorded since 1885.

The all-time record was just half a degree colder, on July 21, 1982.

Meningie recorded a minimum of -0.6 and Strathalbyn -0.2.

Landscape SA’s rural weather network also picked up some impressive temperatures, including -1.4 degrees at Wellington East; -4.5 at Mypolonga; -5.5 at Caurnamont, near Bowhill; and -5.7 at Sherlock.

The South Australian government declared a “code blue” on Tuesday, making extra accommodation available to anyone at risk of homelessness in the freezing conditions.

Families or individuals who need shelter on any night between now and Saturday can call the Homelessness Gateway at any time on 1800 003 308.

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