RUGGED UP: Residents were rugged up as temperatures dropped to below 2 degrees in the North Burnett.
RUGGED UP: Residents were rugged up as temperatures dropped to below 2 degrees in the North Burnett. Tessa Mapstone

Chilly weather set to stay in Burnett

KEEP YOUR winter gear close by as the next couple of weeks will be quite chilly.

Temperatures in the morning are set to hit single digits up until Saturday and forecasters are predicting this winter will be breaking records.

Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Harry Clark said the reason temperatures dipped below average was due to a lower pressure system.

"It's been really dry, we've had beautiful clear skies for the most part across the Burnett,” Mr Clark said.

"With all that dry air there's nothing to keep the heat in at night so as soon as the sun goes down all the heat radiates back out to space really quickly.”

Gayndah almost broke the minimum temperatures originally set in 2003.

The town recorded 1.8 degrees on Saturday morning, with the record set at -1.4 degrees while Monto recorded 1.4 degrees on Friday morning.

Mr Clark said it was important to note that this time last year winter was very mild.

"We've had cooler temperatures than 2017,” he said.

"The El Nina pattern is tracking neutral at the moment, the maximum temperatures are looking to be 'above normal'.

Mr Clark said temperatures for the rest of the Burnett will remain steady.

Monto is set to reach a minimum of 7 and maximum of 22 degrees on Thursday morning.


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