Widespread frost hit the Southern Downs and Granite Belt yesterday with the chilliest temperatures of the year.
Widespread frost hit the Southern Downs and Granite Belt yesterday with the chilliest temperatures of the year.

Frosty start coldest yet

SOUTHERN Downs residents yesterday woke to the chilliest morning of the year, but if you missed it never fear, the freezing conditions are set to continue today and tomorrow.

The mercury plummeted to -2.3 degrees at Applethorpe at 6.30am yesterday while bottoming out at an only marginally better -0.3 at Warwick at 6am.

Goondiwindi and Inglewood experienced a low of 2.3 degrees and 2.6 degrees respectively.

Stanthorpe hit a low of three degrees and Texas bottomed out at -1 degrees, according to official Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) figures.

BOM senior forecaster Gavin Holcombe said temperatures would remain low today.

He said the temperature was about eight degrees below average across the Darling Downs.

Conditions would remain chilly until Sunday, Mr Holcombe said.

“Sunday and Monday temperatures are starting to warm up and by Monday morning we will see some cloud coming across,” he said. “Just some patchy rain but there could even be some thunder ... there’ll certainly be some rain, there could be five or 10 millimetres.

“The cloud will move away Tuesday morning and temperatures will be getting about average again.”

Mr Holcombe said the cloud cover would act as a lid to keep daytime maximums low but overnight minimums would be higher.

He said maximum temperatures would get to high teens on the Southern Downs today before rising to low 20s tomorrow.

Low temps

Applethorpe coldest temperature of the year at -2.3 degrees

Warwick hit -0.3 degrees



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