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Contrasting winter night for inland QLD

Drew Casper-Richardson, Sunday August 18, 2013 - 13:41 EST

Queensland's Northwest have had a relatively warm winters night while those just to the south in Channel Country have chilled as much as five below average.

In the Northwest, Mt Isa only dropped to 16 degrees on Sunday morning which is six above the average. This is in stark contrast to August so far with the average minimum currently running at two below average at eight degrees. Cloncurry had their warmest August night in three years with a low of 18, six above average.

Just to the south in Channel Country it was a different morning with temperatures as low as three degrees in Quilpie and Thargomindah. This is five below average for both locations. Considering it was 11 degrees warmer on Saturday morning it would've made staying in bed a bit longer more appealing for those in Thargomindah.

The difference in temperatures was due to a warmer airmass sitting over the Northwest as well as slightly stronger winds. The cooler airmass and lighter winds to the south combined with clear overnight skies to allow the heat from the day to escape Channel Country.

Mornings will be cooler for the Northwest next week and should drop below average from Thursday. In Channel Country the run of below average mornings will generally continue through next week with just the odd morning creeping close to average.

- Weatherzone

© Weatherzone 2013

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