COLD BLAST: Warwick had the lowest temperature in Queensland this morning with a minimum of -3.5 degrees.
COLD BLAST: Warwick had the lowest temperature in Queensland this morning with a minimum of -3.5 degrees. Vicki Wood

Warwick shivers through coldest start to winter in the state

ICE covered windscreens around Warwick this morning as the city was hit with the coldest start to winter in over a decade.

The temperature plummeted to -3.5 degrees at 6.48am this morning, the lowest temperature seen across Queensland.

In Applethorpe the minimum this morning was -2.5 degrees, while in Oakey it was -2.8 degrees.

Bureau of Meteorology meteorologist Adam Blazak said it was also the coldest June day in Warwick in three years.

A lack of cloud and moisture in the air contributed to the freezing conditions, he said.

"We have a pretty good southerly air flow over Queensland and a lot of dry air," he said.

"Once the sun goes down, the temperature keeps dropping."

 

Warwick had the lowest temperature in Queensland this morning with a minimum of -3.5 degrees.
Ice covered windscreens around Warwick this morning. Vicki Wood

The last time the mercury dived so low was at the end of August last year, when Warwick shivered through a minimum temperature of -3.7 degrees.

Mr Blazak said while Warwick was predicted to reach a top of 19 degrees today, it could feel cooler than that due to wind and low humidity.

"When the dry air and the wind hits your skin, it feels a bit cooler than what the thermometers might suggest," he said.

The Bureau released its winter predictions yesterday, but Mr Blazak said there was no suggestion winter would be colder than normal.

"It looks as though the maximum temperatures might be slightly above average and for rainfall, July might be slightly drier than average," he said.

Despite the cool start, Mr Blazak said Warwick residents could expect a sunny day today, in fine conditions that are likely to continue for the rest of the weekend.

"I'd expect to see blue skies and maximum temperatures around 20 degrees and that's going to last until the start of the working week," he said.