Temperatures in one state are falling well below the July average, with some regions experiencing their lowest levels on record.
The Sunshine State is bracing for a cold snap well below average July as temperatures drop to their lowest levels on record this time of year.
The Bureau of Meteorology has warned residents of southeast and central Queensland of frosty mornings as single-digit temperatures are forecast for July.
“Another cold day is expected in Queensland, very cold in the east.” the bureau said.
“The rain continues along the east coast and will ease today.”
Official bureau reports have confirmed that Toowoomba will experience -7 degrees after 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, with Bundaburg and Rockhampton expected to reach -12 degrees.
Conditions in Gladstone and Townsville will drop to around 12 degrees, while Brisbane residents will feel warmer to 14 degrees.
The bureau predicts Mackay will experience its coldest day in 35 years, with peak temperatures of just over 13 degrees, expected at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday.
McKay also recorded the highest rainfall in the state, with 114mm in the region.
The bureau said Queenslanders could expect frost in the morning, but due to a “very dry air mass” there was no chance of snow.
The bitter morning is caused by a rare weather system associated with the Indian Ocean.
Queenslanders complain that they feel colder than temperature forecasts, and the lack of humidity is breathtaking.
The cold snap is expected to last at least a week, with another wave of activity sweeping across the state next week.
Originally published as Qld is shivering in the bitter cold