Weather News

Frosty morning as sub-zero temperatures leave southern Queensland shivering

Saturday July 14, 2018 - 14:59 EST
ABC licensed image
Parts of southern Queensland awoke to frost. - ABC licensed

Southern Queensland has woken to a frosty morning with many areas experiencing sub-zero temperatures.

The coolest spot was at Wellcamp Airport in Toowoomba which recorded -6.6 degrees Celsius.

The thermometer dipped to -5C in Oakey and Applethorpe, while in Dalby and Warwick it fell to -4C.



On farmer Wayne Jensen's place just outside Warwick, he recorded a low of -7.3 degrees.

The cold froze his irrigation hoses and left new crops of oats encased in ice.

Further down the road in Stanthorpe, photographer Sandra McEwan said her wet hair iced up after she washed it.



Meanwhile, Brisbane recorded a low of 6.8C — the coldest morning this year in the city — and it's likely to be even colder tonight with a minimum of 6C predicted.

Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Rick Threlfall said a dry air mass was responsible for the plummeting temperatures.



"It's coming from a long way south and there's not really any humidity in the air at all, so it's very, very dry — that allows the temperatures to fall away very sharply overnight," he said.

"We've got clear skies, very dry air and very light winds, so the perfect combination to allow those temperatures to fall away."

He said there are more cold mornings on the way in coming days.

"That goes for all of next week really, very sunny conditions gradually warming up through the day."



Apple growers on the Granite Belt are welcoming this weekend's cold snap.

Stanthorpe apple grower Ros Sutton says her crops need sub-zero conditions.

"We need a certain number of chill hours for the apples to set [their] blossom.

"If we don't get those chill hours we certainly don't get a good apple crop so we are really dependent on the cold weather," she said.


- ABC

© ABC 2018

More breaking news

Sydney Morning Herald
ABC News
9News
News Limited

Display Your Local Weather

Weather News

WA's drought 'the driest the land has been in 40 years'

15:07 EST

Parts of Western Australia are in the grip of one of the worst droughts some pastoralists have seen in more than 40 years.

Murrurundi's taps turned on in drought-ravaged town living for years on restrictions

14:28 EST

In a momentous day for the residents of Murrurundi in the Upper Hunter Valley, a 40-kilometre water pipeline supplying the town will be switched on today where locals have been living under the highest level water restrictions for two years.