Frost covered the grass at Normanby Hill Remembrance Park. Today’s minimum was expected to be 0 degrees.
Frost covered the grass at Normanby Hill Remembrance Park. Today’s minimum was expected to be 0 degrees. Craig Warhurst

Gympie feels chill of August

GYMPIE froze through its coldest morning in more than a year on Thursday night, with the mercury dipping even further below freezing than the night before - to any icy minus 1 degree.

It was our coldest August night in four years, eight degrees below average and our lowest temperature since July, 2011.

The frost was worse, and the region can expect more of the same, as can most of inland Queensland, before our mornings start to thaw out mid-to-late next week.

City folk in Brisbane were complaining about a comparatively balmy 4 degree minimum on Thursday night, but it was their coldest night in four years and six degrees below average.

A few of Queensland's tropical areas also recorded a cold night, including Mt Isa where the minimum temperature dipped to minus one for the second consecutive night.

Some notable minimums across the state were Oakey minus 4.5 (their coldest August night in seven years), Stanthorpe minus 3.7, Kingaroy minus 4.1 (their coldest August night in four years), Warwick minus 3.7, Roma minus 3, and Amberley minus 1.2 degrees.

The temperatures are the result of a broad ridge of high-pressure over northern Australia.

The ridge provides clear skies and calm weather which allows heat near the surface to radiate uninterrupted into the atmosphere once the sun sets, said Tom Saunders, of the Weather Channel.

"More cold frosty nights will grip Brisbane across the weekend but thankfully our minimum temperatures will be a few degrees higher but don't expect any warm overnight temperatures to return in the next week," he said.

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