FROZEN START: Weather photographer Chris McFerran is expecting August to bring frost.
FROZEN START: Weather photographer Chris McFerran is expecting August to bring frost. SE QLD Chris McFerran

Bizarre warm weather spoils frost photos, but not for long

WARWICK residents are experiencing some bizarre winter weather, enjoying above-average warm evenings with some rainy days.

The town was hit with a thick blanket of frost as temperatures dropped to below zero yesterday, well below the average minimum temperature for July of 3C.

Southern Downs weather photographer Chris McFerran said this temperature was not the norm.

"We're definitely not experiencing the normal temperature of zero-degree mornings; instead it's been nice waking to six or seven degrees," Mr McFerran said.

"It's been a really good thing for the grass, especially after the rain we had.

"If we were having the usual cold morning the frost would kill all the grass.

"These warmer mornings are allowing the plants to soak in the moisture and grow."

The photographer said the unprecedented warmth had affected some plants, with wattle trees blooming earlier than usual.

Known for his intricate icicle photographs, Mr McFerran has had to wait for his iconic frost shots.

"I've been holding out waiting to get some photos of the snow, but it hasn't been cold enough yet," he said.

"But this morning white frost was quite extensive as a result of extra moisture in the atmosphere."

Following last year's trend, the photographer was holding out for the cold weather to come in next month.

"August will deliver. Last year I was getting frost photos from mornings with -7 degrees," Mr McFerran said.

The photographer is hoping for one more cold blast this month to capture snow.