COLD: The first day of winter brought negative temperatures and frost to Dalby.
COLD: The first day of winter brought negative temperatures and frost to Dalby. Michael Doyle

Winter is coming in colder than average

THE first day of winter certainly wanted everybody to know it had arrived, when it brought along a layer of icy frost this morning.

While frost is a common occurrence in Dalby for the middle of winter, residents were quite surprised to find it as early as June 1.

Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Janine Yuasa said the temperature this morning was colder than the average June temperature of 5.5 degrees.

"Dalby itself saw a minimum temperature of -1.9 degrees, and that is seven degrees below average for June,” Ms Yuasa said.

"The record lowest temperature for June in Dalby was -4.6 degrees, and that was on June 12, 2009,” she said.

According to Ms Yuasa, the exceptionally cold temperatures can be attributed to several factors.

"Generally speaking, these cold temperatures usually mean the winds have been quite light overnight, and that's certainly been the case in Dalby,” she said.

"It's usually due to a combination of dry air, cold air mass, and clear skies that makes for colder mornings.”

This icy start has certainly prompted Dalby locals to dust off their heaters and start lighting their fireplaces in preparation for the cold season.

But Ms Yuasa said we can look forward to slightly warmer temperatures in the coming days.

"In terms of minimum temperatures, forecasting is back in the positive territory for tomorrow and Saturday,” Ms Yuasa said.

"Both days are looking to be a minimum 3 degree morning with a maximum of 22 degrees.

"You might see some light frost patches around but the days will be bright and sunny,” she said.


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