Cloud cover brings gloom, chill

Violet Richardson, 3, and her mum Rebeka Fitzallen, of Launceston, rugged up yesterday to ward off the cold. Picture: MARK JESSER

Violet Richardson, 3, and her mum Rebeka Fitzallen, of Launceston, rugged up yesterday to ward off the cold. Picture: MARK JESSER

NORTHERN Tasmanians yesterday endured their coldest day of 2014 so far, with temperatures around Launceston only reaching double figures for an hour.

Launceston Airport registered 10.1 degrees at 12.51pm, but by 1.30pm the mercury had dropped back to 9.9 degrees.

Conditions mildly improved again at 3.06pm, reaching 10 degrees, however single digits had returned just after 3.20pm.

Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Vicky Lucas said the gloomy conditions were brought on by intense cloud cover throughout the morning.

"While the day started off pretty clear, we got cloud on sunrise and then it started showering from late morning onwards," she said.

"There was also no sunshine to help warm the place up."

Beanies and scarfs are being forecast for Liawenee and Miena residents next week, with snow predicted on the Central Highlands.

"At the moment there is a front coming across on Monday," Ms Lucas said.

"But behind it, there will be a cold south- westerly to follow.

"It will be fairly short- lived, with snow falling Monday night and during Tuesday. By Wednesday it'll begin to warm up again though."

The Central Highlands is expecting snow to about 900 metres around the mountain plateau on Monday and to 600 metres on Tuesday.

Aurora Energy confirmed the peak season for energy in the state had arrived, with the majority of its customers making full use of the heaters.

"Most people seem to being using the most electricity in the afternoons and the mornings," a spokesperson said.

"As people roll out of bed, or arrive home from work, the lights, ovens and heaters begin to go on - so this is definitely peak season."

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