IF YOU found it hard to get yourself out of bed this morning, you are not alone with the Clarence Valley feeling the pinch of a bitter winter welcome.

Up river the Grafton Research Station recorded temperatures as low as 4.5 degrees celsius at 6.30 this morning, with apparent adjustments showing that it more likely felt like 1.3 degrees to our bodies.

Temperatures climbed throughout the morning with them crossing into double figures at about 9am.

Down river the weather was a bit warmer but not that much better with the Yamba weather station reading a chilly 6.9 degrees at 6:30 this morning.

The Bureau of Meteorology does expect it to get a little more comfortable as the day progresses with temperatures forecasted to reach a maximum of 20 degrees.

The have however warned people in coastal areas that large and powerful surf conditions are expected to be hazardous for coastal activities such as rock fishing, swimming and surfing.

The steam rises off the Clarence River at Grafton as locals awake to a cold Wednesday morning.
The steam rises off the Clarence River at Grafton as locals awake to a cold Wednesday morning.

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