Glen Ruddle scratches ice off a windscreen of a car in Channon St yesterday morning.
Glen Ruddle scratches ice off a windscreen of a car in Channon St yesterday morning. Craig Warhurst

Keep those woollies close by

IF YOU found it difficult to get out of bed yesterday, it was probably the below-zero temperature that was to blame.

Southside resident Bevan Morris braved the icy conditions to walk to his girlfriend’s place in Gympie.

One Mary Valley resident reported a minus 3 minimum at Kandanga while the Bureau of Meteorology site showed yesterday as being the second coldest morning with minus 0.4, only colder on Sunday with minus 1.3 degrees.

It is winter, after all, and it’s making itself noticed by manifesting into chattering teeth, cars that don’t want to start and hands so cold you can no longer feel them.

According to the Bureau of Meteorology forecasters, the weekend will be warmer but the cold is “likely to continue today and Thursday morning”.

The reason for the weekend’s predicted warmer weather is the “cloud cover coming with a bit of rain” which will be state-wide.

“There’s a rain band coming across the west of the state and coming east by Friday or Saturday.”

But it is still winter and, as the forecaster says there’s plenty of time to get cooler weather again.

“Last year was quite a mild year because there was a lot of cloud bands that kept the minimum temperatures up compared to this year.”

According to the bureau’s website, Australia and the globe are experiencing rapid climate change.

Since the middle of the 20th century, Australian temperatures have, on average, risen by about 1°C with an increase in the frequency of heatwaves and a decrease in the numbers of frosts and cold days.

That’s as may be but you wouldn’t think it by yesterday morning’s below zero temperature. The warmest morning in the past week or so was on July 4 when it reached 6 degrees, dropping to 3 for the next two days and 2 for the two days after that.

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