Melbourne has been stuck in a fridge for five days, with the maximum temperature set at under 13 degrees, leading to the longest cold snap in 14 years.
Since last Saturday it has stayed colder than 13 degrees, making it the longest such cold spell since July 1995, when there were seven consecutive days.
And this cold snap is not over; Today is almost certain to be the sixth day in a row colder than 13 degrees.
The fridge door should open just enough this weekend to allow it to sneak above 13 degrees for the first time in a week. This will at least give brief thawing with help from a few pleasant sunny breaks.
A few 14-degree days are even forecast, so it may feel relatively balmy.
The door will only stay ajar slightly through next week with the temperature unlikely to hit 15 degrees.
The future weather pattern gives very little chance of warming above 15 until at least the following weekend, so residents will need to stay rugged up for a while.
The cold hasn’t been restricted to the city. Ouyen, in the Mallee has just had three consecutive days colder than 12 degrees, the first time in 12 years.