South East QLD and large parts of NSW have endured their coldest March morning for about the last decade thanks to widespread dry and cool South to South West blowing across both areas.
Across South East QLD, it was noticeably colder this morning compared to the rest of Summer as the South Westerly surged in after midnight, dropping the temperature by several degrees in the space of a short period of time. The difference for many locations between about midnight and sunrise was 7-9ºc with many locations sitting in the high teens / low 20’s around midnight and waking up to the low teens or even sub-teen temperatures. Along the Ranges, areas such as Toowoomba, Warwick and Stanthorpe dropped into single digits for the first time in 2019.
• Stanthorpe 6.5ºc – Coldest March morning in 7 years • Toowoomba 9.3ºc – Equal coldest March morning since 1993 (26 years) • Warwick 9.4ºc – Coldest March morning in 7 years • Canungra 9.6ºc • Kingaroy 9.7ºc – Coldest March morning in 7 years • Dalby 10.2ºc • Wellcamp 10.3ºc • Amberley 10.4ºc – Coldest March morning in 11 years • Oakey 10.7ºc • Gympie 12.1ºc – Coldest March morning in 11 years • Brisbane Airport 13.0ºc – Coldest March morning in 11 years • Gatton 13.5ºc – Coldest March morning in 11 years • Redcliffe 14.4ºc – Coldest March morning in 11 years • Brisbane City 15.3ºc – Coldest March morning in 11 years
Note: For many areas, especially over South Eastern QLD, minimums this morning (Sunday morning) were around 10-14ºc colder than Saturday morning, purely thanks to the incredibly different winds and air masses that moved over the region in such a short period of time.
Real-time temperatures as of 7:10am across Southern QLD showing the large area of cooler minimums. Image via BSCH, data provided by BOM.