WINTER blustered over Orange today, with the mercury only creeping up to 8.1 degrees by 4.30pm.
The cool weather sent people looking for coats and scarves after the weekend’s tops of 22.8 and 24.5 degrees.
Yesterday’s chilly weather was 9.3 degrees below Orange’s long-term average of 17.3 degrees.
Orange has recorded seven days warmer than the long-term average this month, with October 10 the hottest at 25.3 degrees.
Weatherzone meteorologist Rob Sharpe said yesterday’s cold weather was an anomaly due to a cold front that passed over the region.
“It struggled to warm up at all,” he said.
“We had quite a strong cold front move through yesterday.
“It would come as quite a shock to people in the Orange area, particularly after [Sunday’s] 24 degrees.”
Mr Sharpe said two more cold fronts were expected to pass across the region, on Thursday and Sunday afternoons.
A top of 15 degrees is predicted for today and 22 degrees for tomorrow.
It is expected to reach a top of 23 degrees on Thursday before the cold front hits and temperatures drop again.