NSW And Queensland Shiver Through Icy Start To Weekend

Millions of Aussies are shivering through Saturday morning.

Large swathes of Australia have woken up to a frosty Saturday morning as temperatures dip to some of their lowest levels this year.

Residents in southern Queensland were greeted with a shiveringly cold morning, with the mercury in Brisbane falling to just 7C at 6.30am.

Meanwhile, Sydney is expecting its coldest weekend of 2018 and temperatures so far haven't disappointed, reaching as low as 6.3C in the city and an apparent temperature of -0.4C.

Further west the mercury dropped below freezing with Richmond recording -1.9C on Saturday morning.

The Bureau of Meteorology is predicting an even chillier Sunday minimum for Sydney, tipping a minimum of 5C in the CBD and -3C in the city's west.

For those brave enough to take a dip at Bondi the water temperature was a chilly 19C early Saturday.

In Canberra, it's even colder, plunging to an icy -6C  overnight and it was still well below zero on this morning.

At Perisher, the news is good for skiers, with BoM's forecasting  a sunny Saturday with a max of 3C then snow showers and a minimum of -8C for Sunday.

While it's getting pretty cold across some parts of the country, that's nothing compared with the -20C conditions braved by Australian engineer Pat James, who's at Antarctica's Mawson Station to capture the dazzling Southern Lights.