Right on cue, second day of winter brings an icy wind, freezing temperatures

Queenslanders have woken to a chilly morning as temperatures plummeted overnight, heralding the beginning of winter.

Jun 02, 2020, updated Jun 02, 2020
Residents in Toowoomba in Queensland's Darling Downs saw temperatures drop to 7 degrees Celsius.(Tiana Morriss)

Residents in Toowoomba in Queensland's Darling Downs saw temperatures drop to 7 degrees Celsius.(Tiana Morriss)

The Bureau of Meteorology said cool southwesterly winds have pushed cold air over the south-east of the state, helping some areas get down to 0 degrees Celsius.

Temperatures in the Western Downs, Darling Downs and Granite Belt are expected to drop by as much as 7C over coming days.

In Toowoomba, the mercury is expected to dip to a low of 4C by Wednesday, with a top of 16C, while Stanthorpe is set to shiver through a minimum of 1C by Wednesday, reaching a top of 15C.

Across the state, the maximum temperatures are expected to fall short of the June maximum average of 15.5C, with temperatures likely to reach a top of 15C on Wednesday.

Forecaster Peter Markworth said while temperatures will nudge 0C in parts of the state, weather records are unlikely to be broken.

“Getting down into the close to zero temperatures is pretty typical of one of these southerly bursts and we are in the first week of winter, so not unusual at these times,” Markworth said.

“Most places will see temperatures a touch below the June average, but just a touch — 1 or 2 degrees maximum.”

In the Darling Downs, Toowoomba is set to see a minimum temperature of 7C, with Wednesday’s forecast to drop further to 4C.

Rockhampton is forecast to see temperature lows of 15C and highs of 25C on Tuesday, which will slip further overnight to 9C and 23C respectively by Wednesday.

Gold Coast shivers through cool southerly burst

Meanwhile, Brisbane is in for an average June day, with temperatures across the city expected to drop to a minimum of 9C and a maximum of 21C by Wednesday.

West of Brisbane, Ipswich residents woke to a minimum of 9C today and can expect temperatures to slip further to 4C.

Unusually cold conditions are expected on the Gold Coast, with Surfers Paradise and Coolangatta dropping to lows of 6C and 8C respectively on Wednesday.

These temperatures fall well below the average low June temperature of 13.2C on the Gold Coast.

“This isn’t the first time we have seen these southerly bursts,” Markworth said.

“We had one about two weeks ago which happened to line up with a cloud band, which meant we broke many of our May records.

“They come quite quickly and they usually warm up the temperatures ahead of them and when they pass, you do see that rapid drop in temperature.”

While Brisbane residents noticed thick fog on Monday, Markworth said it was unlikely that foggy conditions would be seen again this week.

– ABC / Baz Ruddick

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