Temperature drops below freezing in Toowoomba

HOWLING winds helped push the apparent temperature of Toowoomba below freezing overnight.

At 5.30am the mercury dropped to -0.3 and at  6am it was only 0.6.

The apparent temperature is the perceived combined effects of air temperature, relative humidity and wind speed.

The actual temperature dropped to 7.4 degrees.

The Bureau of Meteorology says the maximum temperature will hit 14 degrees today.

It will be windy and partly cloudy in the Garden City with almost no chance of rain.

It will stay dry until at least next week.

Night-time temperatures will remain cold at about 7 degrees for most of the week apart from slightly warmer Thursday and Friday mornings.

What's driving the weather

A slow moving high over central Australia extends a ridge across the centre of the state, with relatively dry west to southwesterly winds extending across much of the Queensland.

The combination of the high and a deepening low near the New South Wales central coast is maintaining a tight pressure gradient over southeast Queensland, with fresh to strong and gusty westerly winds.



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