"Cold!" That's how Shelley Hough described her trip up Mount Canobolas on Monday.
The Central Coast resident was visiting friends with her husband David over the past few days, and the quartet made a trip up the mountain as part of the trip to the "great regional centre".
The Houghs also explored Orange Regional Gallery, Orange Regional Museum and Ross Hill Winery to warm up from the biting cold.
Anyone hoping for respite from the weekend's bitter cold winds and snow would have taken one look outside on Monday and gone back to bed.
But those forced to leave the house were swept with gusts of up to 40 kilometres per hour, and while the mercury officially reached 6.5 degrees just after 1pm, but the 'feels like' temperature never cracked above zero degrees.
In fact, according to weatherzone.com.au, the 'feels like' temperature at 7.50am was a frigid -8.2 degrees, with the official temperature at 3.2.
The unofficial reading didn't go above zero degrees for 60 hours from Saturday morning until Monday lunchtime, sending residents reaching for the nearest hot water bottle or blanket.
The city is set for double digit maximums as the sun shines next weekend but next Saturday morning will start at -3 degrees before climbing to 10, while Sunday's forecast is from one degree to a balmy top of 13. However, next to no rain is forecast.
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