‘ICY BLAST’: Mercury set to plunge to 0 degrees

An 'icy blanket' cold blast is set to see the mercury in southeast Queensland plummet to near zero degrees this weekend.

A powerful and complex low pressure system - dubbed an 'icy blanket' - is moving across the southeast of Australia today and tracking towards Queensland, with the trough extending that will bring freezing cold air to Queensland through the weekend.

A cold blast is coming for Queensland this weekend. Photo: BOM
A cold blast is coming for Queensland this weekend. Photo: BOM

Brisbane will feel chilly temperatures as low as 9 degrees and parts of the Darling Downs could drop to 0 degrees, as a cold front moves across Queensland.

 

 

Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Peter Markworth said the southeast will experience minimum temperatures 6-10 degrees below average on Saturday for this time of the year.

The minimum temperature forecast in Brisbane for Saturday is 9 degrees, with a maximum of 24.

"Saturday is likely to be the coldest day," Mr Markworth said.

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"Most of southwest Queensland will see minimums into the single digits, Stanthorpe and Warwick for example potentially could see minimums around 0 degrees.

Break out the winter woollies - this weekend is going to be cold.
Break out the winter woollies - this weekend is going to be cold.

"There is a chance of frost across the southern interior from Friday onwards where temperatures get below 5 degrees; the most likely region for that is around the southern Darling Downs and Granite Belt."

Weatherzone meteorologist Joel Pippard said mornings in the southeast is going to be "very chilly" and winds will make weather during the day feel up to 3 degrees colder than it is.

"We're going to see cooler temperatures that we haven't really seen so far this year and the winds are going to be the biggest thing that's going to make people think that it's colder," Mr Pippard said.

An icy blast is headed for Queensland. Photo: Weatherzone
An icy blast is headed for Queensland. Photo: Weatherzone

"Even though there is going to be sunny skies, winds will be a little bit gusty, so it might feel about 3 or so degrees below the actual temperature, which means it will feel (at maximum temperature) about 20-21 degrees over those three days."

The trough will also bring the possibility of thunderstorms to the Sunshine Coast, Brisbane and the Gold Coast on Thursday night.

"It does look like there will be some thunderstorms in that area late in the evening on Thursday, it might be a line of thunderstorms possible, which just means more places will get lightning if that occurs," Mr Pippard said.

"They'll all be pretty quick moving those storms and unlikely to be severe."

The cold air will persist over the weekend and the start of next week.

"Things will gradually start to warm up again, eventually," Mr Markworth said.

"The dry air will move across, that allows things to cool down as they will in the coming days and in the weekend.

"From there, it'll just be a slow, gradual warming over time. It'll last into probably mid next week, those cooler than average temperatures."

Originally published as 'ICY BLAST': Mercury set to plunge to 0 degrees