Josh and Ashley Manwaring with their sister Callie who found the perfect way to keep warm at the weekend.
Josh and Ashley Manwaring with their sister Callie who found the perfect way to keep warm at the weekend. Jenna Cairney

Locals suffer a cold, wet weekend

AFTER falls of more than 25mm on the Southern Downs yesterday, Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster Ben Annells expects less rain today and slightly warmer weather, which is welcome news for organisers and patrons of the annual Allora Community Auction which starts at 8am.

Mr Annells said the Bureau didn't expect as much rain today.

“It will be a cloudy day with some showers and drizzle,” he said.

“The maximum was 12 degrees on Sunday and the forecast is for 15 degrees on Monday.”

There were reports of 25mm to 34mm in Warwick.

The showers today and showers and drizzle tomorrow will become more isolated on Wednesday.

Anyone thinking of leaving the heater purchase until next weekend should probably think again as the nights are forecast to get colder from Thursday.

Mr Annells said while the Southern Downs had experienced a cold snap in the past week it was not unprecedented, with similar cold events in recent years.

Brisbane resident Kristy Morwood came to Warwick on one of the coldest weekends of the year for the Frostbite Regatta and enjoyed sitting around the campfire.

“It was relaxing to wake up to rain,” Ms Morwood said.

She said while Warwick was freezing at the weekend she enjoyed the weather.

“The cold weather toughens you up,” she said.

Allora Community Auction co-organiser Shirley Cornhill said 1800 lots would be up for auction today despite the weekend rain.

“Three auctioneers will be going throughout the day,” Mrs Cornhill said.

“We lost about 500 items due to the wet weather but all is right for the auction.”



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