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A shivery start for QLD and NSW

Kim Westcott, Tuesday August 21, 2018 - 15:46 AEST

Parts of Queensland and New South Wales experienced their coldest morning in years, unusually cold for this time of year.

It was would have been a shock to the system for the early birds of Maroochydore, with the mercury plummeting down to 1.3 degrees, which makes it the coldest August morning in at least 23 years. Typically, August mornings average around 10 degrees.

Similarly, Oakey and Ipswich also had their coldest August morning in 23 years, recording -6 degrees and -3.4 degrees respectively.

The Sunshine Coast saw their coldest morning in at least 22 years, while its been 21 years since Archerfield saw an August morning as cold, dropping to 1.5 degrees.

Across the border, the big chill was also felt. It was at least two decades ago that Port Macquarie saw an August morning dip below -2.4 degrees, while it was at least 18 years ago that Kempsey saw a -4.2 degree temperature during August.

Taree has its coldest August morning in 15 years (-2), and Grafton recorded 0.1 degree, making it the coldest August morning since 2003.

Due to a high pressure system, clear skies and very dry winds, these frosty mornings are expected to hang around for a while yet, making the early mornings a little bit more of a struggle than usual.

- Weatherzone

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