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Melbourne Express: Sunday July 19

Cold morning at Mt Buller, Sunday July 19, 2015. Photo supplied Photo: Andrew RailtonWEATHER ​
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It’s freezing in here, Mr Bigglesworth … Melburnians have woken to a bone-numbing morning, the coldest morning in any month for more than 18 years, with the temperature in the city hovering at around one degree for an hour after 6am this morning. The Bureau of Meteorology recorded a stinging one degree at 6.49am, falling further to 0.8 degrees at 7.26am, making it the coolest morning since August 5, 1997, when the temperature was a teeth-rattling 0.3 degrees.

Sunday morning was the coldest July morning since 1994. “The last time we had a zero in rounded figures in Melbourne was August 1997 … and it’s never happened since,” said Bureau senior forecaster Scott Williams.

The reason? On a winter’s night you need a blanket and last night Melbourne had no cloud cover to slide under. Last week’s aggressive, extended stretch of cold (which involved three cold fronts sweeping through the city) left a parting gift: dry air. “We have now had a night with no cloud, no wind and with this dry air … that’s what’s brought about this exceptionally cold morning.” Read more here.BREAKING NEWS 

Steve Lillebuen reports that an elderly man has died in a Melbourne bayside suburb after being struck by a train at a rail crossing. The man had begun crossing the tracks near Church Street at the Middle Brighton railway station just before the signals began operating, a police spokesman said. He wasn’t able to complete the crossing before he was struck by a low speed, city-bound train just after 10pm on Saturday. He died at the scene.

In other breaking news, a couple have been taken to hospital after fleeing from their burning home in Bunyip. Firefighters were called to Jolley Road just before 11.30pm on Saturday, where a single storey brick home was engulfed in flames. Two people in their 50s and 60s had managed to escape and were treated at the scene for smoke inhalation before being taken to hospital, a CFA spokesman said. The home was severely damaged by the fire. No cause has been determined. TRANSPORT 

Photo: Jessica Shapiro

Service changes will apply on Route 30, 70 & 75 trams from Saturday 18 to Friday 24 July due to tram improvement work on Flinders Street. More here.

While maintenance works take place, buses will replace all trains between Blackburn, Belgrave and Lilydale. Buses will also replace trains from South Yarra to Sandringham until 7.10pm due to vegetation clearing. Read more.FIVE THINGS YOU SHOULD READ: 

Bronwyn Bishop at a press conference answering questions about her chartered helicopter flight from Melbourne to Geelong. Photo: James Brickwood

1. Bronwyn Bishop slugs taxpayers $1000 a day for private limo costs

2. Police condemn violence as protesters clash at Parliament House

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4. Annabel Crabb: Few sports stars can match Shane Warne for imaginative, victimless spectacle

5. John Elder: Why mourning has gone publicSPORTS WRAP

Shane Watson poses in the changeroom.

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5. AFL: GWS Giants beat Gold Coast Suns in mixed affairWHAT’S ON? PROPERTIES TO SEE

Check out Domain’s pick of the top open for inspections this weekend.SIX REASONS TO VISIT HAWTHORN 

Head to Hawthorn for good food and wine, the Town Hall and the Lido Cinema  

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