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Temperature near zero in parts of central and north Queensland in 'prolonged' cold snap

Wednesday June 9, 2021 - 21:08 EST
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These cows from Cloudbreak Lowlines Cattle at Eungella endured a -4°C morning last June. - ABC

It's time to bring the winter woollies out of hibernation in tropical Queensland, with temperatures expected to dive up to nine degrees below average from today.


"We're expecting some cool and dry air to push all the way across the state, making it to the central coast by [Thursday] morning," Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Shane Kennedy said.


The BOM expected temperatures to drop between five and eight degrees Celsius below the June average in areas around Mackay.


"Around the Mackay Airport, the average for June is about that 13 degree mark," Mr Kennedy said.


"So when you're dropping down to six and seven degrees and even down to five degrees on the Friday, that's certainly getting very cold.


"It's likely to be pretty windy as well, which will make the 'feels-like' temperature be well down as well."


Snow tipped for Granite Belt


Residents in Clermont, south-west of Mackay, are bracing for a minimum temperature of -1C ? nine degrees below the town's minimum average ? on Thursday and Friday.


In Eungella the mercury was expected to drop to 1C over the next two days.


"We could see some places getting pretty close to zero," Mr Kennedy said.


"It's caused by a deep low pressure system moving over New South Wales ? in combination with a high just over the Southern Ocean, which is pushing very cold air up across Australia."


Temperatures across the rest of Queensland are expected to drop by four to six degrees below average.


Snow is forecast for the Granite Belt region.


As for when the jumper and scarf can go back into storage, Mr Kennedy said the cold was here to stay for a few days.


"It's a pretty prolonged cold snap, unfortunately, with the weather taking a turn for the warmer on Sunday and Monday," he said.







- ABC

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