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