Temperatures plummet below zero as cold blast hits
TOOWOOMBA residents are shivering through the coldest day of the year so far with the Garden City's infamous wind chill factor plummeting apparent temperatures below zero.
According to the Bureau of Meteorology's Toowoomba weather station, at 6am the temperature was 4.3 degrees, with the apparent temperature at just -1.4 degrees.
The maximum temperature in Toowoomba is forecast to be 14 degrees today.
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BoM predicts that most areas of Queensland will have their coldest morning of the year either today or tomorrow, with Toowoomba's Thursday forecast being a minimum of three degrees and maximum of 16 degrees.
However, with the wind chill factor temperatures could drop below zero again.
Meteorologist Peter Markworth said these cooler Toowoomba mornings would persist for the rest of the forecast period and well into next week.
"We will see sub five degree mornings for the rest of the working week, and from Saturday the mornings will warm slightly but still remain cold," he said.
"Winter in Queensland is frequented by dry cool bursts which tend to arrive all of a sudden.
"While the temperatures get colder the deeper we get into winter, in Queensland these cold periods arrive as cool dry bursts follow troughs moving throughout state."
The current cold snap is due to a complex low-pressure system which is moving across the southeast and into the Tasman Sea.
This is combined with a dry and cool air mass extending across much of the state as a high in the Great Australian Bight extends a ridge of high pressure over Queensland.
Temperature and apparent temperature
- Warwick at 5am: 4.3 degrees but feels like 1.4 degrees
- Dalby at 5am: 1.3 degrees but feels like -1.6 degrees
- Appplethorpe at 3am: 3.5 degrees but feels like -1.3 degrees
- Gatton at 4am: 6.6 degrees but feels like 3 degrees
- Miles at 6am: 0.1 degree but feels like -1.9 degrees