Temperature averages show we’ve had colder mornings this winter.
Temperature averages show we’ve had colder mornings this winter. Lisa Donnelly

Watch out – Jack Frost's about

IF you cursed the cold mornings when rising from your bed this month, temperatures show you had credible reason to.

Last month was slightly cooler than previous years, which meant a few more icy mornings and cold toes for Warwickites.

Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster Michael Knepp said July was 1.2 degrees cooler on average in the mornings than last year.

“The highest for July was 20.1º on the fourth,” he said.

“It wasn’t too much colder during the days. The lowest temperature last month was -5.8.”

With the return of cold mornings making last weekend’s spring-like weather seem a distant memory, Mr Knepp said temperatures would steadily increase this week.

“It’s actually going to be fairly nice (in the coming days),” he said.

“We’re looking at temperatures of about 20º or so this week.

“Probably the big difference will be the minimum temperatures increasing slowly by Saturday morning. This weekend we’ll be looking at 5º-6º minimum instead of 0º.”

Thursday, he said, was likely to be the last day for frost in Warwick for the next few days.

Mr Knepp said the Granite Belt could experience frost on Friday and there was a chance of showers for the Southern Downs.

“There will be a bit more moisture in the atmosphere by the weekend, which will mean the possibility of showers at this stage,” he said.

“I wouldn’t expect much rain – I’d say one or two millimetres if lucky, but nothing that is going to help those who want it hugely.”

Before homeowners think about planting their spring vegie patch, Mr Knepp said a return to frost was well on the cards.

“August mornings can be just as cold as July so there’s still the potential for frosts,” he said.

July temps

Minimum temperatures: -3° (2010) to -5.8º (2011)

Maximum temperatures: 23.4º (2010) to 20.1º (2011)

Mean temperatures: 6.1º and 17.5º (2010) to 8.9º and 20.1º (2011)



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