Region shivers on coldest mid-May day in 37 years

UPDATE: The temperature has remained cool in Toowoomba and currently feels like 8.3 degrees.

At 9.30am with the sun up the apparent temperature was still 0.8 degrees.

A high pressure system in the Great Australian Bight 2000km away is the cause of the frigid temperatures.

Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Adam Blazak said the city reached a minimum of two degrees today.

"Which is eight degrees below average, you would have to go back to 2004 to find another May day that cold," he said.

Mr Blazak said the last time mid-May temperatures were this cold was in 1978.

EARLIER: THIS morning was the coldest day yet this year in Toowoomba.

The city's residents woke up to freezing temperatures this morning with the mercury dropping to just 3 degrees and the apparent temperature at -2.5 degrees.

It is expected to hit a maximum of 18 degrees today.

Warwick's mercury fell below almost to freezing point, hitting 0.8 degrees just after 5.30am.

Heading west, Roma was down to 1.6 degrees and St George down to 3 degrees just before 6am.

The Bureau of Meteorology is predicting the weather to warm up again tomorrow and for the rest of the week, with minimums of about 10 degrees.

Rain is expected on Wednesday and Thursday next week.


  • Joyce Holder: Thermal underwear wear socks to bed hot water bottles. Keep feet warm.
  • Simone Pearson: Stay inside with the fire on!
  • Jay Ebert: Keep your feet and head warm and the rest of body stays warm. Feet regulate body temperature and a high percentage of body heat is lost through your head.


It's official - this morning was the coldest day yet this year. Did you feel the cold? Post your cold weather photos below:

Posted by The Chronicle on Wednesday, May 13, 2015



Warwick: 0.8°C at 5.37am

Roma: 1.6°C at 5.55am

Amberley: 2.1°C at 5.59am

St George: 3°C at 5.56am

Biloela: 5.9°C at 5.57am

Birdsville: 7.1°C at 5.52am

Gympie: 8.5°C at 5.49am

Maroochydore: 8.9 at 4.27am

Tewantin: 9°C at 6.22am

Brisbane: 9.7°C at 6.13am

Proserpine: 10.1°C at 4.50am

Hervey Bay: 10.4°C at 5.48am

Rockhampton: 12.9°C at 5.59am

Yeppoon: 13.3°C at 5.54am

Mackay: 14.9°C at 2.07am

Topics:  cold temperature editors picks toowoomba

Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Thai guest to share her story with Roma

MOTIVATIONAL: Guest speaker from Thailand, Maneennoot Themjai, will be talking in Roma this weekend about growing up in poverty and being a sponsor child.

Maneennoot "Noot” Themjai is coming to speak in Roma on the weekend.

Briefs from around the region

Police crime scene

A helicopter crash has left a man in a critical condition.

Motor exhibition opens Saturday

CATTLE AND CARS: Rob and Edith Burton are working on the finishing touches to the garage, due to open tomorrow.

Rob and Edith Burton are opening their garage exhibition.

Local Partners