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Australia: ‘Big chill’ hits QLD too

Queenslanders shivered through a chilly morning, with some areas experiencing their coldest morning in around two years.

The culprit for this cold start to the new month is a large and slow-moving high pressure system that is centred over the nation. This high is maintaining clear skies across eastern Australia, while directing bitter southerly winds into Queensland. 

Morning temperatures plummeted below freezing through parts of the Darling Downs, Central West and Central Highlands. Blackall dipped to minus two degrees, its coldest morning in two years. Oakey and Warwick also fell below freezing, where morning temperatures were more than four degrees below the July average.

Emerald may not have been quite as cold, but its minimum temperature of two degrees was the coldest for July in 12 years.

Around Brisbane, morning temperatures were also well below average.

Amberley fell just below the freezing mark, which is five degrees below its July average. The city itself dipped to five degrees, which was five below the average.

This high pressure system that has provided the conditions for today’s chilly morning will only slowly push further east. This means we will continue to see the clear, calm conditions across much of Queensland, leading to a few more frosty mornings.

– Weatherzone

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