Windchill factor adds an icy feel
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.