Cold snap could freeze weekend plans
JUST as coronavirus restrictions are set to ease, Mother Nature will deliver a cold snap to Mackay.
The Bureau of Meteorology has predicted temperatures could drop as low as 9C this weekend as a cold front sweeps the nation's south east.
The frosty weather comes as eased restrictions mean residents can finally leave their homes for family picnics and weekend drives within 50km.
Metrologist Peter Markworth said the cold front could bring snow to parts of New South Wales and Tasmania and would propel cool, dry air to tropical Queensland.
"While Mackay typically is tropical, when that dry cold air moves in you will have temperatures drop," he said.
Mackay was expected to shiver through temperatures as low as 9 degrees on Sunday, BOM reported.
Moranbah and the Central Coast and Whitsundays also will reach a minimum of 10 degrees this weekend.
"It's a taste of winter," Mr Markworth said.
"Those near the coast will not be affected as much, but those inland will see temperature drops for more than 10 degrees."
While the coast typically moderates cold snaps, Mr Markworth said the dryness of this front would allow the cool air to creep in.
"It's unusual, even in the average winter, for Mackay to get below 10 degrees," he said.