Frosty morning in the Mackay region. Broken River
Frosty morning in the Mackay region. Broken River Stuart Quinn

'Coldest blast of the year' to hit Queensland next week

"THE coldest blast of the year so far" will head Queensland's way next week, a local weather watcher is warning.

David Taylor from East Coast Weather, who now lives in Mackay, says there are "two situations unfolding" by early next week for the state.

"We have a coastal trough to form about Tuesday the 26th; this system will be some welcoming rain to south-east Queensland and northern NSW, before a possible ECL (east coast low) will form on Thursday the 28th and move quickly south-east and taking the rain with it," Mr Taylor said.

"Rainfall at this stage will be around 50mm some areas may receive more or less."

When the rain has gone, he says, the cold weather will return.

"After this wet event we will see the coldest blast of the year so far (maybe even colder) starting to affecting SA and Vic on Friday before quickly pushing into NSW and finally into Queensland on Saturday," Mr Taylor said.

"This cold change at this stage will produce snow as far north as northern NSW tablelands and may reach Stanthorpe, but we will have to wait and see for Stanthorpe."

In April, Mr Taylor forecast snow would fall in Eungella this year, and while we haven't seen it yet, the conditions may be favourable if we see more of the sub-zero temperatures the Valley shivered through last week.

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Official forecast for the week ahead for Mackay:

  • The rest of Friday: Cloudy. High (70%) chance of showers, becoming less likely late this afternoon and evening. Winds south to southeasterly 15 to 20 km/h tending east to southeasterly 20 to 25 km/h in the morning then becoming light in the evening.
  • Saturday: 14-24 degrees. Partly cloudy. Medium (60%) chance of showers, most likely in the morning. Winds southerly 15 to 20 km/h tending southeasterly 20 to 30 km/h in the morning then becoming light in the late evening.
  • Sunday: 12-24 degrees. Mostly sunny. Light winds becoming southeasterly 15 to 20 km/h during the morning then becoming light during the evening.
  • Monday: 12-23 degrees. Partly cloudy. Slight (20%) chance of a shower. Light winds becoming southeasterly 20 to 25 km/h during the morning.
  • Tuesday: 14-23 degrees. Cloudy. Medium (50%) chance of showers, most likely later in the day. Winds southeasterly 15 to 25 km/h.
  • Wednesday: 14-24 degrees. Partly cloudy. Medium (40%) chance of showers. Light winds.
  • Thursday: 13-24 degrees. Sunny. Light winds.

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