Keith, Padthaway among towns to experience coldest recorded temperatures

COLD: Karen Harris said her dog's toy was a tad frosty yesterday morning.

COLD: Karen Harris said her dog's toy was a tad frosty yesterday morning.

For many residents in the Tatiara, it has become increasingly hard to leave the warm embrace of their bed this week.

However, there might be a reason for that, as Keith and Padthaway experienced its coldest recorded overnight temperature early this morning.

Keith was the standout performer when it comes to the coldest temperature, with the town getting down to -4.7 degrees.

This historic low broke the previous record which was held in June, 2006, when it experienced icy temperatures of -4.4 degrees.

The weather station at Padthaway South recorded temperatures of -3.8 degrees, which is the lowest figure it has recorded since it started harvesting data 20 years ago.

It wasn't just the South East which felt the brunt of the state-wide chill, with Murray Bridge, Loxton and Lameroo among the other towns to record historic low temperatures.

Lameroo recorded a tempereature of -2.6 degrees overnight, the lowest figure since they started receiving data 17 years ago.

Residents in Murray Bridge saw a significant amount of frost around the area, with temperatures reaching as low as -4.4 degrees overnight.

Winning the cold weather silver medal was Loxton, which recorded an historic low temperature of -4.6 degrees this morning.

The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) said the reason for the cold start to August is due to a cold air mass which has moved up from Antarctica.

Although the cold front has mostly affected Victoria and Tasmania, South Australia has experienced its fair share of the almost arctic conditions.

The last couple of days has seen many Victorian and Tasmania residents wake up to snow covered plains.

The State Government has declared a "code blue", making extra accommodation available to anyone at risk of homelessness in the freezing conditions.

People who need shelter between now and Saturday can call the Homelessness Gateway at any time on: 1800 003 308.