Darling Downs drops below freezing as cold snap hits

Frost in Nanango at 7am this morning.
Frost in Nanango at 7am this morning. Higgins Storm Chasing

UPDATE: Freezing temperatures have struck the Darling Downs with towns dropping below 0 degrees for the first time since last winter.

Weather watcher Higgins Storm Chasing reports that temperatures plummeted to -0.2 degrees this morning in Oakey, 0.5 degrees in Kingaroy, 0.8 degrees in Wellcamp and 1 degree in Dalby.

Meanwhile residents in Ipswich were shivering at 2 degrees and Warwick was sitting on 2.2 degrees.

Low to no wind was allowing for frost to settle, making for some remarkable photos.

EARLIER 6.30AM: The temperature has plunged overnight in Toowoomba, with residents waking up to a brisk 7.2 degrees this morning.

With wind and other factors taken into account, the apparent temperature is a mere 3.2 degrees.

The Bureau of Meteorology is expecting a maximum of 21 degrees today in the Garden City.

Winds will blow southerwesterly at between 25kmh and 30kmh.

Tomorrow morning will also be fresh, with the minimum temperature dropping to 8 degrees.

There is no rain predicted this week and it looks set to stay dry until at least next Wednesday.

EARLIER: Are you feeling the cold? The Bureau of Meteorology has the latest Toowoomba weather reading siting on 11.8 degrees at 10pm, but they also say it feels like 7.1 degrees. 

YESTERDAY: Toowoomba is about to cool off as winter approaches - and residents will feel it.

Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Janine Yuasa said it was time to rug up with overnight temperatures dropping to eight degrees.

"It been a warm start to autumn so it will probably come as a bit of a shock to some," she said.

She said not only would the temperature be low in the mornings, the "feels-like" effect would add an extra chill to the air.

Temperatures have struggled early this week to reach 20 degrees during the day.

Ms Yuasa said while windy, the days would dry out and warm up before dipping back down and continuing to stay cool this week and early next week.

She said while the moisture in the air was increasing, no rain was predicted.

Maximum temperatures are expected to warm up today to reach 21 degrees, before hitting a sunny 23 degrees tomorrow and Saturday.

"We are expecting a minimum of eight in the coming couple of mornings, two degrees below average due to the fact we're finally getting those drier south-westerlies and the cloud clearing," she said.

"It's going to feel cooler than the eight degrees if anyone is outside in it."

She said while the low temperatures might surprise some residents, they were close to the May averages for the region.

Tuesday was the coldest day of the month, reaching just 19.9 degrees.

Brisbane Weather, a forecasting site, predicted the temperature will dip below zero later this month in Toowoomba, around May 21.

It predicts Toowoomba could drop to minus two.


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