Feels like MINUS 6.3C! Big freeze grips Queensland

 

Temperatures have plummeted 8C below the overnight May average for parts of Queensland who recorded subzero temperatures.

Applethorpe on the southern Darling Downs was a chilly -2.3C at 6.30am today, though it felt far colder with the apparent temperature -4.6C.

Roma's temperature also dropped to -2.4C at 6.30am, with the apparent temperature sitting at -6.3C

Bureau of Meteorology Meteorologist Matt Marshall said the southeast also experienced a drop in temperatures, with some parts 4C below the May overnight average of 14C.

"Canungra got down to 2C and that was the lowest in the area, out at Ipswich at the Amberley base it was 2.9C there, Beaudesert down to 3.1C," he said.

"It did get quite cool further inland as well, we did get some subzero temperatures in the state, Stanthorpe -2.3C, Roma -2.4C."

It got below -2.1 in Stanthorpe on Monday morning. Picture: Kim Lochner
It got below -2.1 in Stanthorpe on Monday morning. Picture: Kim Lochner

It is almost just as cold in and around Toowoomba, with Wellcamp just to the city's west -0.7C at 6.10am, while the apparent temperature is -3.7C.

Across the Darling Downs, people are waking to bitterly cold temperatures, with Warwick -1C, Oakey -0.3C and Dalby 0.7C.

In Brisbane it was 9.2C at 5.50am, Coolangatta was 8.2C and the Sunshine Coast was at 6.2C.

"Inland they're used to the fluctuation in temperatures out there whereas in Brisbane temperatures don't tend to fluctuate so much day to day so when it does drop 4C below average they feel it," Mr Marshall said.

Mr Marshall said there were two main reasons for the cold.

"We're under the influence of a high pressure system, it's really clearing the skies up there's not a shred of cloud to be seen and that basically allows more heat to escape the air when the sun is down."

"The high pressure system is directing south westerly winds over Queensland and that means wind is coming from the west, in the middle of the continent where it gets very chilly overnight, and it's coming from the south and it's normally down over South Australia and

Frost at Stanthorpe this morning. Picture: Kim Lochner
Frost at Stanthorpe this morning. Picture: Kim Lochner

TEMPERATURES AT 6.40AM

Applethorpe -2.5C

Roma -2.4C

Wellcamp -1.0C

Oakey -0.5C

Dalby -0.7C

Kingaroy 0.7C

Charleville 0.4C

Goondiwindi 1.9C

Amberley 2.4C

Canungra 2.0C

Sunshine Coast 6.0C

Birdsville 6.2C

Coolangatta 7.1C

Brisbane 8.7C

 

Yesterday, the Bureau of Meteorology was warning that today's chill is expected to be felt across the Southeast, Darling Downs, Granite Belt and Maranoa Warrego with Stanthorpe expecting a frosty 0C morning.

Bureau of Meteorology Senior Meteorologist Felim Hanniffy said the cold air was caused by a strong high pressure system.

"That's probably the peak of the coldness particularly in the southeast inland."

Boonah, Beaudesert and Laidley were all forecast to reach as low as 4C on Monday morning.

"For the southeast Monday is going to be cold and when you go into Tuesday it's still on the cooler side but not as cold," Mr Hanniffy said.

He said the days would be fine and sunny with chilly mornings with Brisbane expected to heat up from 9C to 23C.

"The coldest conditions will be further west in the Darling Downs and Maranoa Warrego on Wednesday."

Niko Mckeagg, 3, with sister Naia, 4, cooking mashmallows over the fire and rugged up during the cold westerly weather at Darlington, south of Beaudesert, on Sunday, May 16. Photo: Steve Pohlner
Niko Mckeagg, 3, with sister Naia, 4, cooking mashmallows over the fire and rugged up during the cold westerly weather at Darlington, south of Beaudesert, on Sunday, May 16. Photo: Steve Pohlner

It comes after frosty conditions on Sunday, with Oakey recording a frosty -0.1C and 0.1C in Warwick.

Kate Hutchinson of Ladybrook Farm in Darlington on the Scenic Rim said the temperatures were getting much cooler but her family had plenty of ways to keep toasty.

"Winter is on its way," she said.

"We like to keep warm by the fire on a cool winter's night."

 

CURRENT TEMPS & 7-DAY FORECASTS

 

BRISBANE Queensland

 

 

GOLD COAST Queensland

 

 

 

SUNSHINE COAST Queensland

 

 

 

 

REDCLIFFE Queensland

 

 

 

LOGAN Queensland

 

 

 

IPSWICH Queensland

 

 

 

 

 

TOOWOOMBA Queensland

 

 

DALBY Queensland

 

 

 

WARWICK Queensland

 

STANTHORPE Queensland

 

Originally published as SUB-ZERO: Time to rug up for coldest morning yet



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