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Fog shrouds Wide Bay Burnett ahead of thunderstorm and wintry blast

Tuesday May 11, 2021 - 04:07 EST
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Bargara was among the areas blanketed by thick fog. - ABC

A thick blanket of fog has shrouded Queensland's Wide Bay Burnett region ahead of an expected wintry blast later this week.

Weather Bureau meteorologist Pieter Glaassen said the fog was widespread and lingered for much of the morning.

"It was quite a thick blanket of fog stretching from north of Bundaberg to Maryborough," he said.

"The sun is weaker at this time of year, so it does take a little bit longer to clear.

"It really was the right conditions for this fog to form ? light winds, high humidity and clear skies."

Residents at Gayndah, Gympie and Howard also woke up to a pea souper with limited visibility around their homes.

"At Howard this morning around 5:00am, I could hardly see my fence 5 metres away," resident Jean Maree said.

Winter blast and thunderstorms ahead

A cold snap is on the way, with temperatures expected to plummet to below average from Thursday.

"We'll see temperatures inland drop down to single digits," Mr Glaassen said.

"Gayndah is forecast as low as 7 degrees for Sunday.

"It's getting very cool in the mornings for Bundaberg ? over the weekend we're forecasting temperatures of 11 degrees."

If the cold snap isn't enough, thunderstorms could also sweep across the region to cap off a week of unusual weather.

The Bureau of Meteorology is expecting storms to form inland of the Wide Bay Burnett this afternoon, bringing potentially large hail, damaging wind gusts, and heavy rainfall.

"The threat tomorrow is more heavy rainfall, so we could see widespread amounts of 10?30mm range and isolated totals getting to 70?80mm," Mr Glaassen said.

"It's definitely important to keep an eye on our warnings page over the next couple of days."


© ABC 2021

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