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Queenslanders rug up as southern interior shivers through sub-zero conditions

Wednesday July 21, 2021 - 05:51 EST
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"We'll be having a hot curry tonight!"  Brian and Liza Beamish said the cold snap was a good chance to bring out the winter woollies. - ABC

Temperatures have dropped in southern parts of Queensland, with predictions cold-weather records could tumble this week.


The weather bureau said a large high moving across southeast Australia, combining with a low in the southern Tasman was leading to strong winds across south-east Queensland as well as a burst of cool and dry air across the state.


"It's freezing, but on the bright side, it's a change of fashion," said Liza Beamish, who wouldn't let the weather stop her for a walk in Toowoomba's Queens Park with her husband Brian.


 "I've got woollen tights under my jeans and a jumper and puffy jacket. And gloves of course!


"You get to wear things you wouldn't wear for the rest of the year."


Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Felin Hannify said wind gusts of up to 60 kilometres an hour would add to the cold.


"For Toowoomba, a high of nine degrees today is going to feel like sub-five given the strength of the wind," he said.


Records could tumble


Mr Hannify said the cold temperatures would continue, with some areas predicted to record their coldest ever July morning on Thursday.


"The records go back as far as 1995 in parts of the Maranoa Warrego," he said.


Some airborne snow flakes observed near Eukey.


Weather chaser Ken Kato, who travelled from Brisbane to Eukey on the Granite Belt, managed to record some flakes.


"The potential for proper snowflakes was always looking touch and go, so it was really great to see them float," he said.


"There weren't that many, and it was mixed in with sleet and snow grains and rain drops as well ? but it still counts."


Mr Kato described the wind at Eukey as "brutal".


"The windchill was probably next level even for this area's standards."


"I was outside for a few minutes at a time, and my hands basically lost all sensation after a few minutes."


He said it was one of the coldest days he has ever experienced.


"When I come here?I normally expect it to feel pretty damn cold?but this morning, the winds were gale force."


"In terms of the feels like temperatures and the wind chill factor, I would have say it would be right up there with some of the coldest feeling mornings."


The weather didn't stop Alison Dewilde and her dog Archie rugging up for their daily Toowoomba park adventure.


"It's all about having a good coat," she explained.


"Archie's sporting a woolly jumper today, and will tear around for half an hour before I can take him back inside."


She didn't try and convince her four-legged companion to sit this cold day out in front of the heater?


"Dogs must walk," she laughed.


"But I'm really going to enjoy a hot coffee once we're finished."







- ABC

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