Couple unfazed by the cold
GLEN Innes couple Steve and Kim Broadley reckon any Warwick residents complaining about the cold weather should drive down the New England Highway to their town.
“We are lucky if we get to 12 or 13 degrees (this time of year) if there is cloud cover,” Mrs Broadley said.
If there is wind, Mr Broadley reckons the maximum could be only eight or nine degrees.
Any Warwick residents who hate the heat should think of heading to Glen Innes in summer, according to Mrs Broadley.
“It is lovely there in summer,” she said.
“We only put the air-conditioner on once or twice each summer.”
Yesterday morning, they left Glen Innes early to drive to the Darling Downs Zoo at Pilton before returning to Warwick for lunch and a walk in Palmerin St.
Mrs Broadley said they drove to Warwick last year for the Jumpers and Jazz Festival but didn't hear about the event this year.
“We came mainly for the quilt exhibition.
"The whole festival was good,” she said.
While many are complaining about the Southern Downs winter, the Broadleys reckon it hasn't been overly cold in the New England region this year.
“There has been a bit of sleet this year and snow a couple of times in our five and a half years in Glen Innes, but it melted when it hit the ground,” Mr Broadley said.
Meanwhile, Southern Downs residents need to keep their winter woollies out for a couple more days, with cold mornings and a few early frosts predicted, before a surface trough moves in on Wednesday with warmer weather and the potential for showers and possible thunderstorms.
Bureau of Meteorology forecaster David Grant said the heaviest rain was likely on Thursday.
“There remains the possibility of showers on Friday and into the weekend,” he said.
“Temperatures in Warwick will be two to three degrees above average late in the week.”
Averages later in the week will be a minimum of five degrees and a maximum of 22 or 23.
Late yesterday, thunderstorms with some gusty winds passed through parts of the Southern Darling Downs and south-east coast.