Shoppers rug up to brave Top End chill

WINTER TIME: St Vincent de Paul women Margaret Rogers and Karen Roughton said winter clothes have been flying off the racks.

WINTER TIME: St Vincent de Paul women Margaret Rogers and Karen Roughton said winter clothes have been flying off the racks.

THERE might not be frost on the ground but Katherine residents have been chilled to the bone this week.

The arrival of eight degree temperature days has caused a rush to local clothing shops in search of a winter bargain.

Red Cross volunteer Maureen Heatley said there had been a string of locals and tourists scavenging the racks for warmer outfits. 

“We had that cold snap in May, but not as cold as this,” Ms Heatley said. 

“We have had a big rush on winter clothes, selling a lot of blankets, doonas, jackets and thermals.

“Station people have been coming in, they have been riding horses and freezing their butts off.”

Ms Heatley said the shop is keeping up with the demand at the moment. 

“We are coping, but we have more stock coming.”

RUG UP: Maureen Heatley said the Red Cross will be getting more winter stock in to meet demand.

RUG UP: Maureen Heatley said the Red Cross will be getting more winter stock in to meet demand.

St Vincent de Paul store manager Margaret Rogers said she had noticed more people stopping by to stock up their winter wardrobes. 

“The last few months more people have been coming in for winter things,” Ms Rogers said. 

“We have new comforter sets in and they have been walking out the door.

“Jumpers, blankets, long pants, scarfs, we had a whole stack of beanies and we are almost sold out. 

Ms Rogers said now temperatures are beginning to drop, it is a good time to clean out your closet and donate your old clothes. 

“We get clothes for the little ones, but we need more stuff for the bigger kids,” Ms Rogers said.

“Jumpers, track pants, especially if they have grown out of them, they could donate them.”

Red Cross head of retail Richard Wood said the greatest need right now is for coats, jackets, jumpers, boots, scarves and beanies. 

“Anything warm and woolly in good condition is greatly appreciated,” Mr Wood said. 

“If it’s the kind of thing you’d give to a friend then it’s something we’d love.

“If you have some spare time over the weekend simply collect any winter clothing you no longer need and visit one of our stores to donate to help give them a new lease on life,” he said. ​

Tuesday, June 13 has been our coldest morning so far with temperatures dropping to 8.6 degrees at 7am.

The average minimum temperature so far this month is 14 degrees.

We have a long way way to go to challenge the all-time June record which sits at 3.7 degrees recorded on June 3, 2000.

The minimums will range between 12-16 degrees this week and the maximums will be a dry season glorious 30-32 degrees.

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