Region shivers on coldest mid-May day in 37 years
UPDATE: The temperature has remained cool in Toowoomba and currently feels like 8.3 degrees.
At 9.30am with the sun up the apparent temperature was still 0.8 degrees.
A high pressure system in the Great Australian Bight 2000km away is the cause of the frigid temperatures.
Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Adam Blazak said the city reached a minimum of two degrees today.
"Which is eight degrees below average, you would have to go back to 2004 to find another May day that cold," he said.
Mr Blazak said the last time mid-May temperatures were this cold was in 1978.
EARLIER: THIS morning was the coldest day yet this year in Toowoomba.
The city's residents woke up to freezing temperatures this morning with the mercury dropping to just 3 degrees and the apparent temperature at -2.5 degrees.
It is expected to hit a maximum of 18 degrees today.
Warwick's mercury fell below almost to freezing point, hitting 0.8 degrees just after 5.30am.
Heading west, Roma was down to 1.6 degrees and St George down to 3 degrees just before 6am.
The Bureau of Meteorology is predicting the weather to warm up again tomorrow and for the rest of the week, with minimums of about 10 degrees.
Rain is expected on Wednesday and Thursday next week.
YOUR TIPS FOR STAYING WARM:
- Joyce Holder: Thermal underwear wear socks to bed hot water bottles. Keep feet warm.
- Simone Pearson: Stay inside with the fire on!
- Jay Ebert: Keep your feet and head warm and the rest of body stays warm. Feet regulate body temperature and a high percentage of body heat is lost through your head.
HOW COLD WAS IT FOR YOU?
Warwick: 0.8°C at 5.37am
Roma: 1.6°C at 5.55am
Amberley: 2.1°C at 5.59am
St George: 3°C at 5.56am
Biloela: 5.9°C at 5.57am
Birdsville: 7.1°C at 5.52am
Gympie: 8.5°C at 5.49am
Maroochydore: 8.9 at 4.27am
Tewantin: 9°C at 6.22am
Brisbane: 9.7°C at 6.13am
Proserpine: 10.1°C at 4.50am
Hervey Bay: 10.4°C at 5.48am
Rockhampton: 12.9°C at 5.59am
Yeppoon: 13.3°C at 5.54am
Mackay: 14.9°C at 2.07am