CHILLING OUT IN THE TROPICS
TOWNSVILLE residents were set to break out the doonas last night, with temperatures predicted to reach their lowest this year.
While those in southern states experience snowfalls, the cold snap was enough to make for a chilly night in North Queensland, with meteorologists expecting a minimum of 11C early this morning and 10C tomorrow.
The previous lowest temperature for the year was 11.1C on June 6.
“Townsville’s average minimum for this time of year is 13C so it’s about two of three degrees below average,” Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Sean Fitzgerald said.
“We’ve had a cold outbreak, which is normal for this time of year. Down south that was enough to cause snow.”
Mr Fitzgerald said the cooler weather had been caused by a low pressure system, with another cold snap expected mid- to- late next week.
Minimum temperatures are tipped to stay low during the first half of the week b before rising g again by Thursday.
COLD SNAP: Twins Amber and Piper Chapman, 14, rug up in Townsville while ( inset) Jack Gallagher, 4, checks out the snow at Mt Mackenzie, on the Queensland- NSW border.