Wind­chill fac­tor adds an icy feel

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - SA­MAN­THA HEALY

IT MIGHT have been a teethchat­ter­ing start by Townsville’s usual stan­dards yesterday but it was nowhere near a record snap.

The air­port recorded a low of 14.3C at 7am, but the Antarc­tic blast that has de­liv­ered snow to the south­ern states meant con­di­tions felt more like 6.3C be­cause of the wind­chill fac­tor.

Hugh­en­den recorded a low of 1.7C at 7am with a wind­chill fac­tor of - 2.4C. Ju­lia Creek and Rich­mond also ex­pe­ri­enced tem­per­a­tures be­low 0C, once wind­chill was taken into ac­count.

And it was ex­pected to be even colder this morn­ing, with a low of 10C ex­pected in Townsville. Hugh­en­den will be hit again with frost and tem­per­a­tures down to 2C.

Bureau of Me­te­o­rol­ogy fore­caster Doug Fraser said the cold­est min­i­mum tem­per­a­ture recorded in Townsville was 1.1C in Au­gust 1940, and the cold­est July min­i­mum was 3.5C in 1984.

He said con­di­tions would be sim­i­lar over the next few days, with a low of 11C ex­pected to­mor­row and 13C pre­dicted for Thurs­day and Fri­day morn­ing.

The min­i­mum would likely fall to 11C on Satur­day and 12C on Sun­day. Max­i­mum tem­per­a­tures would be in the low to mid- 20s.

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