Queensland's frost prone areas have been excessively frosty this August, potentially making it the frostiest end to winter in decades in some places.
For instance, Oakey has chilled to zero-degrees-or-below on 14 of the 19 mornings this month, only one fewer than the August record. In an average August seven mornings out of the 31 get this cold.
The Darling Downs town only needs to chill to zero-or-below on two more mornings this month to make it the frostiest August in 40 years of records.
Monday morning won't get as cold as Sunday morning, but another frost is likely. On Sunday it dipped to minus 3.7 degrees, seven degrees below the monthly average.
The next chance is on Tuesday morning, but it will be touch and go due to warmer, gustier winds and more cloud.
If Oakey doesn't achieve the feat on Tuesday there will be more chances to break the record from this weekend. A front coming through later this week will deliver the cold, dry air and a high moving in a few days later will cause wind to ease and skies to clear. This has been the pattern so far this month for much of the state.
Not only does this cold make it difficult to get out of bed in the mornings it also slows down the growth of winter crops and reduces yields.
Other places around Queensland which have had a frostier August than normal are Dalby, Roma, Mitchell, Kingaroy, Goondiwindi, Blackall and Mt Isa.
Even parts of Brisbane have had a frostier-than-normal end to winter. Amberley in the city's west has had dipped to zero-or-below seven times this month, only two short of the August record, set in 2008.
© Weatherzone 2012
15:33 EST The Bureau of Meteorology is predicting a slightly warmer and wetter winter for Tasmania this year.