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Get set for coldest day of the year as mercury drops, snow flurries loom on Granite Belt

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Even though Queensland is slowly creeping back towards summer, parts of the state could this week record their coldest day of the year so far, the Bureau of Meteorology says.

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Even though Queensland is slowly creeping back towards summer, parts of the state could this week record their coldest day of the year so far.

Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) forecaster Shane Kennedy said below-average temperatures were forecast for the majority of the week in Queensland from south of Townsville to the border.

“[We have] cool and dry areas extending across the state this week in the wake of a trough that pushed offshore early Monday morning,” he said.

“Maximum temperatures will be going two to three degrees [Celsius] below average and those minimum temperatures in particular will be cold, a good three to five degrees below average at least.

“[We’re] not expecting any records to fall this week, but some locations could see their coldest day of the year so far.”

Minimum temperatures are likely to plunge below 10C, while the mercury in much of the southern interior will likely drop below 5C, with Wednesday and Thursday likely the coldest mornings.

“The coldest part of the state is expected to be the southern Darling Downs, where the temperature is expected to get close to or below zero in the middle of the week,” he said.

“There is a chance of some sleet or some light snow flurries just around the southern Granite Belt … as a little bit of moisture pushes in from New South Wales.

“Even though it is expected to be even colder on Wednesday and Thursday mornings, it’s likely to be too dry to see much of a chance of snow.”

Hope for snow flurries

Southern Downs Regional Council Mayor Vic Pennisi said he would be eager to see the prediction of snow flurries come good.

“It’d be great to see a bit of snow — it’d certainly lift the spirits of people, snow always has that tendency,” he said.

“With snow comes interest in the region … a lot of people come up to witness it all — hopefully the prediction’s right.”

Stanthorpe resident Max Hunter said if snow settled on the ground tomorrow, it would be the first time since 2015.

“Being 900 to 1000 metres above sea level I think we’ve got to expect something and I think you’d probably find some up the back of Stanthorpe, around Eukey,” he said.”We in Stanthorpe just take it as expected winter-type weather and if it does snow, it’s a bonus for those who like to visit.”

– ABC / Tim Swanston

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