Region dips to single digits on first day of winter
Update, 10am Thursday:
The region woke to a chilly start to winter, with single digits in parts of the Mackay and Central Queensland region.
Here were the official lowest temperatures recorded by the Bureau of Meteorology:
Clermont Airport: 9.3 degrees (6am)
Moranbah Airport: 10.4 degrees (6.30am)
Emerald Airport: 8.8 degrees (7am)
Mackay Airport: 16 degrees (8am)
Update, 7pm Wednesday:
THE Bureau of Meteorology has upgraded its forecast for the Mackay and Whitsundays region for the first day of winter.
Initially, overnight temperatures between 10 and 15 were expected for June 1.
But now, BOM is expecting an even chillier morning -- with overnight temps set to plummet to between 7 and 11 degrees.
Daytime temperatures are expected to reach the low to mid 20s.
But spare a thought for our western friends, with the Central Highlands and Coalfields area - which includes Clermont, Moranbah and Dysart - where temps are expected to plummet to just 1-8 degrees overnight.
The Bureau is predicting areas of morning frost in the south of the region.
The cold weather is expected to continue on Friday, with temps of 2-10 expected overnight and 3-10 Saturday.
Send us your frosty morning photos! Email firstname.lastname@example.org
THE first day of winter will arrive with a vengeance on Thursday, with temperatures expected to dip to 10 degrees for the Mackay and Whitsundays.
Tuesday morning will see a chance of fog in the early morning, with overnight temperatures falling to between 13 and 17 degrees, the Bureau of Meteorology is forecasting.
The last day of autumn - Wednesday - will see cloudy conditions and a slight chance of showers along the coast, with overnight temperatures falling to 13-18.
Thursday and the first day of winter will see temperatures dip to a chilly 10 degrees overnight, with daytime temperatures around the low-20s.
The cooler mornings will stick around for Friday, with temps 10-16 overnight and daytime temperatures in the low to mid 20s.
Sky News chief meteorologist Tom Saunders said a cold first day of winter was not an indication the whole season would be colder than normal.
Mr Saunders said the Indian Ocean was showing signs of a potential negative Indian Ocean Dipole (IOD) while the Pacific was nudging towards a weak El Nino.
"Historically this would lead to below average winter cloud cover and rain and above average winter maximums temperatures," Mr Saunders said.
"Interestingly the BOM are also forecasting warmer minimum temperatures over southern Australia this winter which would go against the typical pattern during -IOD and El Ninos of below average minimums due to lack of cloud cover."
The Bureau of Meteorology says a strong high pressure system over the Great Australian Bight will move slowly eastwards over southern Australia through the week, extending a firm ridge and a cool, dry air mass into much of Queensland.
"An upper trough will extend a band of high-level cloud across northern and central parts of the state during today and Tuesday but no rainfall is expected with this cloud band due to dry air near the surface," the BOM forecasts.
Central Coast and Whitsundays' full forecast
- Tuesday, May 30: Partly cloudy. The chance of fog in the early morning. Light winds becoming southeasterly 15 to 20 km/h in the morning then becoming light in the late evening. Overnight temperatures falling to between 13 and 17 with daytime temperatures reaching the low to high 20s.
- Wednesday, May 31: Cloudy. Slight (20%) chance of a shower along the coastal fringe, near zero chance elsewhere. Winds south to southeasterly 15 to 25 km/h tending east to southeasterly in the middle of the day then tending south to southeasterly 15 to 20 km/h in the late afternoon. Overnight temperatures falling to between 13 and 18 with daytime temperatures reaching the low to mid 20s.
- Thursday, June 1 (first day of winter): Partly cloudy. Slight (20%) chance of a shower along the coastal fringe, near zero chance elsewhere. Winds southeasterly 25 to 35 km/h. Overnight temperatures falling to between 10 and 15 with daytime temperatures reaching the low 20s.
- Friday, June 2: Partly cloudy. Slight (20%) chance of a shower. Winds southeasterly 25 to 35 km/h. Overnight temperatures falling to between 10 and 16 with daytime temperatures reaching the low to mid 20s.
Snapped a cool weather photo recently? Email them to email@example.com