Freezing temperatures on weekend as spring proves elusive

COLD: Gail Watson from Shooters Hill posted this photo on Facebook of snow settled on Saturday morning during a cold weekend in the district.

COLD: Gail Watson from Shooters Hill posted this photo on Facebook of snow settled on Saturday morning during a cold weekend in the district.

IT was a time to stay inside last weekend as Oberon suffered through freezing temperatures and was buffeted by gusty winds.

The minimum temperature was -1.3 and maximum was 7.6 on Saturday as westerly winds were recorded at 56 kilometres an hour.

The temperature fell overnight to a minimum of -2.1 and the same was recorded for Monday. There was a dusting of snow recorded at Shooters Hill on Saturday. Snow flurries continued all day Monday.

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Oberon's total rainfall for July was 9.8mm, compared with the mean of 70.1mm, and August's total rainfall was 19.6mm in a month where the mean is 74mm.

Oberon Dam is at 34.92 per cent capacity and falling. Oberon is on level two water restrictions, but this will be revised when the dam level drops to 25 per cent.

The Bureau of Meteorology's outlook shows a warm and dry spring likely for most of Australia.

The bureau's head of long-range forecasting Dr Andrew Watkins said the coming three months were unlikely to deliver significant widespread rainfall.