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-10.8°C in Liawenee: Tasmania's Central Highlands shivers through coldest morning of the year

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Ice on a freezing Midland Highway on Tuesday morning. Image / Lorna Long

Tasmania’s Central Highlands has shivered through its coldest morning of the year so far, with temperatures dropping below -10 degrees in Liawenee on Tuesday.

Bureau of Meteorology data shows the bone-chilling -10.8°C was recorded at 7:33am, reinforcing the region’s reputation as the coldest permanently-inhabited place in the country.


Other icy areas to drop below zero around 7am included Fingal at -6.4°C, Cressy at -5°C, Bushy Park at -4.9°C and Ouse at -4.5°C.

Launceston Airport recorded a low of -4.3°C at 7am, while Hobart Airport dipped to 1.0°C at 2:06am.

The state’s warmest spots so far today include Larapuna (Eddystone Point) at 12.7°C, Hogan Island at 12.5°C, Flinders Island Airport at 12.4°C, Cape Bruny AWS at 11.1°C and King Island Airport at 10.8°C.

Authorities are warning icy roads could make driving conditions dangerous

A road weather alert remains in force for much of Tasmania, with authorities warning icy roads could make driving conditions dangerous overnight and into Wednesday morning.

The alert covers the North-West Coast, Central North, North East, Western, Central Plateau, Midlands, East Coast, Upper Derwent Valley and South East forecast districts.

“Icy roads will make driving conditions dangerous … Remember black ice is often invisible, so if you’re on the roads please take it slow,” police said.


“Put your headlights on if visibility is poor, leave plenty of space between vehicles [and] obey any road closures or warning signs about hazardous conditions.”

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