A run of warmer-than-usual daytime temperatures in Dubbo will be interrupted for three days from Friday.
But residents won’t be shivering like the occupants of neighbouring cities where snow may fall.
Dubbo’s cold snap will see a return of temperatures largely expected during August, except for a couple of frosty mornings.
Since August 9, Dubbo has experienced above-average daytime temperatures ranging from 18.3 degrees to Tuesday’s 26.9 degrees.
Tuesday’s top temperature was 9.5 degrees above the long-term average maximum temperature for August of 17.4 degrees.
The Bureau of Meteorology’s seven-day forecast for Dubbo as of Wednesday morning predicted maximum temperatures of 17 degrees on Friday, 15 degrees on Saturday and 17 degrees on Sunday.
Above-average temperatures of 19 and 20 degrees are forecast for Monday and Tuesday, respectively.
The long-term average minimum temperature in Dubbo in August is 3.3 degrees.
Below-average minimum temperatures occurred on eight of the first 16 days of this month, with minus 2.8 degrees on August 9 the lowest minimum temperature as of Wednesday.
Dubbo residents woke to 12.6 degrees on Wednesday morning.
The bureau is forecasting a morning temperature of 2 degrees and a daytime temperature of 22 degrees on Thursday.
Morning temperatures on Friday, Saturday and Sunday are predicted to be 5, 2 and minus 2 degrees, respectively.
Monday will deliver another frosty start with a forecast minimum temperature of minus 1 degree.
On Wednesday Dubbo had received 20.4 millimetres (mm) of rain this month with 15.5 mm more needed to achieve the long-term average of 35.9mm.
Light showers are a possibility on Wednesday, Friday and Monday.