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Murray River craft reach for foghorns

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June 17, 2017

Fog around Echuca. Photo by Luke Hemer.

ECHUCA residents awoke to a blanket of fog on Wednesday morning.

And that shouldn’t come as any surprise when you realise that our minimum temperatures for the month are already at least 4C below the average, with Wednesday morning bottoming out at a very chilly 0.9C.

But still more than a whole degree above our lowest temperature to date (that was -0.6C on June 2), while the highest was 17.3C, which was recorded on Sunday.

This weekend, the mercury is only expected to reach a high of 16C.

A Bureau of Meteorology spokesperson said Echuca has had a cool start to the month, with daytime temperatures generally average to slightly above average.

‘‘What’s interesting is that the start to winter has been unusually dry across much of the region, despite the good autumn break in April,’’ he said.

No rain has been recorded to date for June.

‘‘The last time Echuca had such a dry start to winter was in 1974, when no rain fell from June 1-19,’’ the spokesperson said.

‘‘The seasonal outlook is still suggesting drier and warmer than average conditions for winter as a whole.’’

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