Brace your­selves for a chilly week­end, too

Even colder than Brissy

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - SA­MAN­THA HEALY sa­man­tha. healy@ news. com. au

TOWNSVILLE recorded its chill­i­est morn­ing in three years yesterday, with the city wak­ing to colder tem­per­a­tures than those felt in Bris­bane.

The cold snap saw Rich­mond and Hugh­en­den record­ing colder starts to the day than towns on the fa­mously frigid Gran­ite Belt.

Townsville recorded a low of 6.9C at 6.30am but the wind­chill fac­tor meant it felt more like 3.9C.

By com­par­i­son, Bris­bane res­i­dents woke up to a low of 10.5C at 6.30am.

Hugh­en­den recorded a low tem­per­a­ture of 0.2C at 7.10am but it felt more like - 3.9C ow­ing to the wind­chill.

In Rich­mond, the ac­tual tem­per­a­ture plum­meted to just 1C but the ap­par­ent tem­per­a­ture was - 4.8C.

Ap­plethorpe, on the Gran­ite Belt, recorded a low of 1.8C but the wind­chill fac­tor at 5am meant it felt like - 3.2C.

The cold snap is ex­pected to con­tinue to­day, with more frost ex­pected in­land.

Townsville fore­caster Mario Tor­risi said the city had been about 7C colder than the July av­er­age of 13.6C.

“It was our cold­est morn­ing since Au­gust 12 in 2012 when the min­i­mum got down to 6.4C,” he said.

“Up un­til 5am ( yesterday), the tem­per­a­ture had been sit­ting above 12C but it fell sharply when the wind dropped off.

“When the wind blows, the tem­per­a­ture is usu­ally a bit higher but the chill fac­tor makes it feel colder.

“You can’t just

look

at the ab­so­lute tem­per­a­ture. You also have to look at the com­fort level.”

Else­where, Ayr got down to 4C, Bowen bot­tomed out at 5.7C and Char­ters Tow­ers and Ing­ham hit lows of 7C.

Mr Tor­risi said con­di­tions would warm up slightly to­mor­row and Fri­day ow­ing to the ex­pected ar­rival of on­shore winds, which would re­sult in in­creas­ing hu­mid­ity lev­els.

But he said the “slightly” warmer con­di­tions on the way would not last long.

“We are ex­pect­ing another burst of cold and dry air to come through on Fri­day with cold con­di­tions re­turn­ing for the week­end,” he said.

The cold­est town Queens­land yesterday Clermont, with - 2C.

Townsville is ex­pect­ing a low of 7C to­day, with a max­i­mum of 24C.

Ayr is ex­pect­ing a frosty start, with just 4C pre­dicted.

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