SNUG AS: Zara Tuffin from the Empire Hotel in Mary St warms up in front of the open fire yesterday after Gympie hit a minimum of one degree. Tonight is expected to drop to zero degrees.
SNUG AS: Zara Tuffin from the Empire Hotel in Mary St warms up in front of the open fire yesterday after Gympie hit a minimum of one degree. Tonight is expected to drop to zero degrees. Patrick Woods

Cold snap to continue through the week

NOBODY can deny it has been cold this week and that it will get colder, with the Bureau of Meteorology predicting the mercury to hit zero degrees tonight.

But things have been colder here. This is not new.

The icy blast gripping eastern Australian pulled Gympie's minimum temperature down from more than 10 degrees on Sunday morning to about one degree yesterday morning - more than 5 degrees below average.

Snow fell in Queensland for the first time in two years, but here a partially frozen birdbath and frost were the most extreme outcomes of the "Antarctic Vortex".

Some Gympie Times Facebook followers recorded temps below zero, but even those fell short of Gympie's coldest night on record - minus 4.3 degrees in 2007.

Mooloo bean farmer for the past 60 years, Len Carlson, said yesterday this week's cold was just a taste of what was once the norm.

"I can remember when we got 30 frosts in a row," he said. "Minus 2 degrees is the coldest we've had it here at Glenmusa Rd. Yesterday morning it was 2.7 degrees at 6.30."

This is normal weather for July in Gympie.

"We used to say once the days begin to lengthen the cold begins to strengthen.

"What we don't get now is the severe wind. I can remember in the 1960s writing down (in my records) 'blowing like hell' and then a week later I wrote 'still blowing like hell'."

Yesterday, sleet and snow fell on the Granite Belt.

Brisbane got down to 8.4 degrees but the coldest place in the state was Thangool, near Biloela, which was minus 1.3 degrees at 6.30am.

Brrrrrr!

Temperatures posted by our Facebook followers yesterday morning:

 Araluen: Minus 1.7 degrees at 5.45am

 Gympie: 1.3 degrees at 4am

 Goomboorian: 3 degrees at 3am

 The Palms: Minus 0.2 just after 6.30am

 Anderleigh Rd near Bruce Hwy: 0 degrees at 6.12am

 Kandanga: 2 degrees at 7.25am

 The Dawn: Minus 1 degree at 6.30am

 Tin Can Bay: 9 degrees at 8am

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