FROZEN: Warwick's first frost for the year is forecast for this morning, a week after Stanthorpe's first frost (pictured).
FROZEN: Warwick's first frost for the year is forecast for this morning, a week after Stanthorpe's first frost (pictured). Samantha Wantling

Cold snap: More freezing temperatures on the way

SOUTHERN Down's temperatures are set to plummet again after this morning's cold start.

Warwick residents woke this morning up to the coldest day of the year so far.

At 7am it was a very chilly -2.3 degrees in Warwick.

The Bureau of Meteorology is forecasting overnight   temperatures to drop sharply in the coming week.

Forecaster Rick Threlfall said after a slow start, winter was well and truly here.

"Parts of the Granite Belt are likely to get below freezing; down to -1 or -2 degrees," he said.

"(Tomorrow) morning won't be quite as cold, but still low single figures."

Warwick's elusive first frost is also likely to appear this morning, a month later than usual.

"I would say we will see frost getting down to one degree," Mr Threlfall said.

"You could see one or two patches of frost on the grass and pavement."

There will be some relief from the cold, with temperatures warming back up to 10 degrees on Friday.

"We have some cloud coming across bringing one or two showers for Friday," Mr Threlfall said.

But temperatures on Saturday, Sunday and Monday are all expected to be well below average, helped by bitterly cold winds.

The winds could bring the apparent temperature down even further.

"The fair bit of wind may stop frost from falling, despite the morning temperatures being close to freezing," Mr Threlfall said.

The average minimum temperature for Warwick in May is seven degrees.


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