The Courier-Mail

Winter’s here and brought the chill

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RIGHT on cue, a cold snap is arriving for the start of winter.

Temperatur­es will plummet to 8C in Brisbane tomorrow night, thanks to a chilly southwest wind and clear skies.

It will be colder still at Ipswich and the western suburbs where temperatur­es will get down to 3C, while Stanthorpe on the Granite Belt will have -3C.

Weather bureau forecaster Bryan James said the cold snap was timely, given yesterday was the first day of winter.

“The atmosphere is drying out and once the cloud disappears it will allow temperatur­es to go down further,’’ Mr James said.

“It will be about 5C below average in some parts and particular­ly cold around the Darling Downs, which will get frosts.’’

Temperatur­es in the Brisbane area will be 3C to 4C below average. Five high tem- perature records were recorded last month as warm and dry El Nino conditions kicked in.

A bureau review of monthly figures showed May was dry in northern and central Queensland while there was heavy rainfall in the southeast corner at the start of the month.

Mossman in far north Queensland recorded its lowest May rainfall in 88 years with just 2.8mm. BRIAN WILLIAMS

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