AFTER one of the warmest starts to the season on record, winter has officially arrived in Cooma.
For the past eight mornings, residents have woken to temperatures below freezing which brought widespread frosts and fog.
On Thursday, Cooma shivered through it's coldest overnight temperature with the thermometer dipping to minus 5.5 degrees.
It follows what has been one of the warmest starts to winter on record. In June, overnight temperatures averaged about 1.1 degrees, 2.5 degrees warmer than the long term average of minus 1.4 degrees.
Daytime maximum temperatures were about on par with the long term average.
Minimum temperatures are set to remain about zero for the rest of the week, while maximum temperatures will warm up to about 10 degrees according to forecasts by the Bureau of Meteorology.
Fog was prominent across southern NSW last Thursday, with cool temperatures and light winds creating ideal conditions for a thick blanket of fog to form across southern parts of the ranges in New South Wales, according to weatherzone.
Moss Vale recorded visibility down to 200 metres at 9:30am, while Bathurst retained the fog until the later hours of the morning recording visibility down to 150 metres at 10:30am.
Cooma also saw above average rainfall for the start of winter, with 54mm recorded for June.
The long term average rainfall for June is 38mm. It was good news for farmers after getting well below average rainfall in May with just 9.7mm recorded, more than 20mm less than the long term average.
So far this year Cooma has had 384mm of rainfall.