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Despite recent near record-breaking overnight cold snaps, Retravision Grafton Manager said there hasn’t been any major increase in heater sales.
Despite recent near record-breaking overnight cold snaps, Retravision Grafton Manager said there hasn’t been any major increase in heater sales. ADAM HOURIGAN

DESPITE spring edging ever closer, the state shivered through a near record-breaking cold snap on Monday night with sub-zero temperatures recorded in many parts.

Unfortunately for those who aren't keen on the chilly weather, it's unlikely to be the last time the mercury will plummet before the end of winter in a few weeks

Grafton City experienced an overnight minimum of 2.5 degrees while Yamba fared much better with a low of 9.4 degrees on Monday night.

But spare a thought for the staff manning the Grafton Airport yesterday morning where a frigid 0.4 degrees was recorded at 6.30am.

Senior Weather Channel Meteorologist Tom Saunders said other parts of the state had also copped a cold one such as Glen Innes which recorded an icy -10 degrees overnight.

"The freezing overnight minimum temperatures were a few degrees off all-time records, due to the perfect combination of light winds and clear skies which quickly developed behind a passing front," Mr Saunders said.

He said there was relief in sight, with developing cloud expected to keep temperatures a bit warmer today and early tomorrow but said the cold weather would likely return.

Valley residents themselves seem to be fairly unfazed with the recent chilly temperatures though - a quick ring-around to local appliance retailers yesterday revealed sales of heaters hadn't jumped in the past week.

Retravision Grafton manager Brett Wood, said while sales of heaters were chugging along at a normal pace, there certainly hadn't been any spike in demand for the products.

"I think it's just that people are being pretty careful with their power bills at the moment," Mr Wood said.

Topics:  cold, grafton, meteorologist, temperatures, weather




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