CHILLY: Frost on steers in Eungella. Picture: Cloudbreak Lowlines Cattle & Eungella Beef
CHILLY: Frost on steers in Eungella. Picture: Cloudbreak Lowlines Cattle & Eungella Beef

-0.4C! Parts of region experience coldest morning of year

FROST formed on the backs of steers in Eungella this morning as parts of the region shivered through their coldest morning of the year so far.

The mercury in Moranbah plummeted to just 2.1C at 6.45am on Thursday – the lowest temperature it has recorded since July last year.

Proserpine also had its coldest morning since last September with just 4.8C this morning.

“For Proserpine and Moranbah, it was the coldest morning they have had so far this year,” Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Kimba Wong said.

CHILLY: Icy temperatures in Eungella. Picture: Cloudbreak Lowlines Cattle & Eungella Beef
CHILLY: Icy temperatures in Eungella. Picture: Cloudbreak Lowlines Cattle & Eungella Beef

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Residents at Crediton Creek, Eungella, reported -0.4C at their property.

Ms Wong said a ridge of high pressure extending across the state had brought dry, cool air over the coast.

“That has given us these really cold, frosty mornings,” she said.

But the Mackay region will thaw out, with warmer weather on the way.

CHILLY: Frost formed in Eungella this morning. Picture: Cloudbreak Lowlines Cattle & Eungella Beef
CHILLY: Frost formed in Eungella this morning. Picture: Cloudbreak Lowlines Cattle & Eungella Beef

“It should be gradually warming up in the next couple of days over the coast,” Ms Wong said.

“Winds will be turning onshore, bringing moisture back in the air and acting as a blanket.”

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The bureau has forecast a minimum of 10C and maximum of 21C in Mackay on Friday, followed by a minimum of 11C and maximum of 22C on Saturday.

On Sunday, there would be a slightly warmer minimum of 14C and maximum of 22C.

CHILLY: Frost formed on steers this morning in Eungella. Picture: Cloudbreak Lowlines Cattle & Eungella Beef
CHILLY: Frost formed on steers this morning in Eungella. Picture: Cloudbreak Lowlines Cattle & Eungella Beef