Mercury plummets to lowest temperatures of the season

IF YOU were shivering this morning you weren't not alone. The Sunshine Coast woke up to a chilly start as the mercury dipped below 9C.

With winter just around the corner and a cold snap overdue, the cool change was bound to happen, but the sudden drop in the mercury likely came as a bit of a surprise.

On Monday night Maroochydore residents had a warm minimum of 18.9C. Twenty-four hours later that minimum had more than halved.

Weatherzone senior meteorologist Jacob Cronje said the recent wet weather had moved on, leaving behind the colder temperatures.

"We've had a series of cold fronts come through and the strongest of the season recently," he said.

"We had bands of showers sweeping over the southern parts of Queensland and most of NSW and Victoria, South Australia too.

"With that and the lack of cloud cover overnight we've seen a dramatic drop in temperature.

"It is often the case in the wake of these systems we get a cooler change."

In fact, those minimums have marked the coldest point of autumn so far, and the cool brisk mornings are expected to continue.

"For Nambour we have quite low minimums persisting into early next week," Mr Cronje said.

Maximum temperatures around the Coast are expected to make up for the cool start, reaching 27C on Thursday.



Dig up a jumper and a pair of boots. Sunshine Coast temperatures at 6am:

  • Maroochydore 8.3C
  • Nambour 9.1C
  • Tewantin 11.9C
  • Beerburrum 13.4C



ACROSS the state the cold snap has been even more pronounced. 

Kingaroy residents woke to a shiver-inducing 0.5C while Oakey received its first frost of the season, dripping below 0C to -0.2C.

Beaudesert and Amberly also had frost, dropping to 2C, while Emerald reached 8C and Coolangatta 5C. 

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