Cold, wet weekend for our region
GET set for a cold and wet weekend in Warwick and surrounds, with rain expected to settle in tomorrow night over the region.
The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) was yesterday tipping an early frost across the Downs and Granite Belt for this morning, with daytime temperatures once again set to fall to well below the average for this time of the year.
The mercury in Warwick plunged to a low of 1.4 degrees at 7am yesterday, with the long-term average for June at 4.8.
The warmest things got yesterday was around 2pm, with an officially recorded maximum for Warwick of just 8.5 degrees, well below the long-term June average of 18.5.
The next coldest morning so far this month for Warwick was last Saturday, at 1.6 degrees.
Despite locals in Stanthorpe preparing for rumoured sleet today, conditions should be cold but fine across the region, with the cloud cover tipped to partially clear during the day and the wind to ease a little.
But the grey skies should return during the course of tomorrow, with BOM senior forecaster Michelle Berry saying a low pressure system over the Tasman Sea would continue to push south-westerly winds over southern Queensland.
“That system will generally deepen during Saturday and continue to create the wind flow we have seen in the latter part of the week,” she said.
“The cloud cover should start to increase late on Saturday and an upper level trough moving east from inland parts will intensify over the Channel Country.
“What that means is Warwick and the Granite Belt will see cloud extend and rain periods will kick off Saturday night, extending into Sunday.
“There is the chance of heavier, thundery rain about on Sunday.”
She said fresh and gusty winds could be expected around the elevated areas in the east of the region throughout the weekend.
BOM says the rain periods may continue through into Monday.
The website of weather station manufacturer Environdata – based on Percy St – showed that at 6pm last night the air temperature was at 7.5 degrees and wind gusts of up to 10kmh were recorded yesterday.
Forecaster Weatherzone – which goes out on a limb with predictions covering seven days – reckoned last night the weekend rain would continue until Wednesday, albeit slackening off to showers on Tuesday.
Weatherzone also tips daytime maximums will sit around the 16 degree mark from Monday to Wednesday, with overnight minimums between eight degrees on Monday and five degrees on Wednesday.
For the record, Weatherzone is punting on a Saturday minimum temperature of two degrees and six degrees on Sunday.
For localised, current weather data visit www.environdata.com.au
Total official rainfall recorded by BOM for Warwick so far this month is 3.6mm
Long-term average total rainfall for the month of June for Warwick is 33.1mm