It’s that time of the year again when it’s extremely cold and temperatures plummet in Brisbane and just like the year 2020 is uncertain and distinct in every way owing to the novel coronavirus pandemic; this year’s cold season isn’t different and the city is expected to record its coldest day so far this year as a suite of dry cool air pushes through Queensland.
Most parts of Australia are advised to brace for a cold snap this week as Queensland looks forward to its chilliest day of the year as temperatures are expected to dip to single digit degrees in some regions within the state.
The central and southern parts of Queensland had experienced the wintery weather on Tuesday. Brisbane city also recorded its coldest day of the year after temperatures hit lows of 9.1C.
However, some areas in Queensland will not record their chilliest morning yet until Thursday, as temperatures in the Gold Coast, Brisbane and some parts of the Sunshine Coast are forecast to plummet to minimum temperatures of 6C.
The Queensland Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) has reported that the Granite Belt bordering NSW and the state’s high altitude areas like the Carnarvon Range situated in central Queensland should expect freezing temperatures on Thursday.
According to Peter Markworth, a Queensland BOM meteorologist, the abrupt cold snap is as a result of dry and cool air tracking through the central and southern Queensland, interfering with humidity levels that bring about relatively warm temperatures within the state.
“This air is being pushed from central Australia or south-eastern Australia, where it is and drier from being further inland and further south,” Markworth noted. “It pushes away the moisture in the air.
“The humidity in the air tends to make things a bit stickier and warmer … moisture tends to insulate things and keep the minimum and maximum temperatures quite close together.
Even though the weather Bureau had predicted the emergence of “snow flurries” in various parts of the Granite Belt on Thursday morning, it seems the snow melted before it hit the earth’s surface, causing light showers.
Markworth noted that meteorologists are expecting widespread frost over the next couple of days in as far as inland Mackay, particularly the Clarke Range and the central districts.
The BOM have advised residents of Queensland to also anticipate cold snaps throughout this winter season, as south-westerly winds aggressively drive bursts of dry and cold air towards the state before the low and high pressure systems push it across the entire continent.
“It’s a toing and froing of temperatures, with dry air moving in and out,” he said.
Across the country, most states are likely to experience a cold and rainy break the rest of the week, as reported by the Bureau.
Forecasts for Sydney indicate sunny days and temperature lows of 8C and 9C on Tuesday and Wednesday respectively, and possible showers on Friday.
Residents of Hobart should expect rains of up to 30mm on Tuesday, accompanied with wet conditions set to continue through to Wednesday and Thursday and a temperature forecast of 5C by Friday.
Adelaide, Melbourne and Perth residents should brace themselves for showers and low temperatures in the next few days with a forecast of 6C, 7C and 8C respectively.
However Canberra is expected to experience some of the chilliest conditions in Australia, as temperatures are set to drop to 0C on Wednesday and a further -1C on Friday.