Firewood time as frosts forecast

TRACKSUIT alert: Just when you thought you were coping extraordinarily well with the climatic conditions, we get sub-zero mornings.

So if you hadn’t factored in thermals or polar fleece this week, you can’t say you weren’t warned.

The latest Bureau of Meteorology forecast is for the first frosts to hit the Southern Downs and Granite Belt later this week.

Bureau senior forecaster Vikash Prasad warned wintry mornings were ahead with tomorrow expected to dip to five degrees locally and cooler further south. Meanwhile today there is the slightest chance of isolated showers ahead of the cold change.

“Thursday is expected to be colder with minimums between one and two degrees in Warwick and below zero in Applethorpe and Stanthorpe,” Mr Prasad said.

“So we are expecting frosts across the region tomorrow and Thursday morning.

“Friday morning may be slightly warmer with a four degree overnight low forecast for the city.

“There is also the chance of frosts in low lying areas on Friday.”

The chilly temperatures are a result of clear skies and light winds across the Darling Downs.

But Mr Prasad said the cool starts were well below the region’s average, which normally hovered around seven degree for Warwick and five degrees for Stanthorpe.

“Daytime tops for Thursday will also be cooler than average at 19 degrees, slightly below the daytime norm of 21 degrees,” he said.

However don’t start fretting about how much firewood you are going to need this winter just yet.

“Friday and into the weekend should have low minimums, but the overnight lows may lift a little early next week,” Mr Prasad said.

“So we expect to get some warmer nights before winter really sets in.”



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