ANTARC­TIC BLAST TO HIT COAST

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS - AM­BER MACPHERSON

TEM­PER­A­TURES are ex­pected plum­met to sin­gle dig­its this week­end as the Gold Coast cops the ef­fects of an Antarc­tic blast which is send­ing chills through five states.

Breezes have slightly in­creased ear­lier predictions of min­i­mum tem­per­a­tures by one or two de­grees, how­ever many sub­urbs will still shiver through icy con­di­tions with dry, clear weather.

The Bureau of Me­te­o­rol­ogy pre­dicts the mer­cury will plunge as low as 6C in Nerang this morn­ing, and 8C to­mor­row.

Surfers Paradise will ex­pe­ri­ence a low of 9C to­day, with a top of 22C, fol­lowed by 11C to­mor­row.

Robina will drop to 8C to­day and 11C to­mor­row, while it will be slightly warmer in Coolan­gatta with 10C and 12C re­spec­tively.

Weather­zone me­te­o­rol­o­gist Kim West­cott said the same gi­ant cold front caus­ing snow in the south is cre­at­ing bit­ter tem­per­a­tures for south­east Queens­land.

“What the Gold Coast will be see­ing is the cooler air that is com­ing through from the south. This cooler air did orig­i­nate from the Antarc­tic,” she said. “It will af­fect many states. It’s af­fect­ing Tas­ma­nia and Vic­to­ria and New South Wales now, bring­ing rain and snow.

“This is bring­ing some cold tem­per­a­tures and some snow, but by the time it gets to Queens­land, all that’s left is some cold air.

“The cold­est day we’ve had on the Gold Coast was a top of 25C so you will feel the dif­fer­ence.”

Ms West­cott said it was un­likely this was a sign of what’s to come.

“It’s not clear ei­ther way if the Gold Coast will have above av­er­age tem­per­a­tures or below av­er­age tem­per­a­tures (this month),” she said.

Pic­ture: JERAD WIL­LIAMS

Si­enna MacK­in­non, 3, and sis­ter Charli, 6, are rugged up for the cold weather that's ex­pected this week­end.

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