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Inland QLD feels the chill as winter looms

Mellissa Mackellar, Sunday May 26, 2013 - 11:56 EST

Many Queenslanders were pulling out their winter blankets on Saturday night, after shivering through their coldest night since last winter.

A broad high pressure system residing over the state brought clear skies and light winds on Saturday evening and Sunday morning. Combined with a cold airmass, these conditions led to a nippy night for many.

In the Northwest, Julia Creek dropped to just four degrees early on Sunday morning, nine degrees below the May average, making it the coldest night since last August.

It was also the coldest night since August for Cannington, Hughenden Airport and Mt Isa, which all saw minima near five degrees. Meanwhile, Camooweal and Century Mine haven't had a colder night since September.

Southern parts of the state also felt the chill, with patchy frost on the Granite Belt, where Stanthorpe fell below freezing. Much of the Channel Country and Maranoa and Warrego were also well below average.

While inland residents were rugging up, those along the coast stayed warmer, thanks to humid onshore winds, with most parts seeing near-average minima.

Inland towns can expect more cold nights this week as the high pressure system maintains clear and calm conditions. From Wednesday the airmass will start to warm ahead of a low pressure trough, which should bring showers to the state's south for the start of winter.

- Weatherzone

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