Brisbane residents have likely endured the city’s coldest May day in almost a century, the day after a decades-old record was broken on Friday.
By 1.23pm on Saturday, the city had only managed to reach 15.1 degrees, according to real-time Bureau of Meteorology data. The apparent temperature at 3pm was only 10.3 degrees.
Bureau meteorologist Rosa Hoff said Brisbane was “on track” for the coldest May day since 1922, when a top of just 15 degrees was recorded.
But because the bureau measures days from 9am-9am, official figures would not be finalised until Sunday morning.
The chilly day came after bureau data showed the capital on Friday reached a top of 17.9 degrees, the lowest May maximum temperature since 1980.
It was just one of several centres to break decades-old records as cool southerly winds and cloud cover kept maximum temperatures as much as 10 degrees below average were recorded throughout the state’s interior tropics, Central Highlands and Coalfields regions.
Bureau meteorologist Rosa Hoff said Saturday was “quite a cold day” as areas along the state’s coastal fringe experienced temperatures about six degrees below the May average.
“We’re expecting those temperatures to warm up slightly tomorrow as the sun returns and the cloud clears,” Ms Hoff said.
Longreach and Charleville recorded their lowest May maximums in more than 50 years on Friday, with respective tops of 14.6 and 13.2 degrees.
Windorah and Blackall also saw May temperature records fall with daytime tops of just 14.5 and 13.5 degrees – the coldest May days since 1995 and 2012.
Parts of the state woke up to single-digit minimums on Saturday, including a low of just 1.5 degrees at Urandangi, in the state’s north-west, and 3.1 degrees at Applethorpe in the Southern Downs.
Ms Hoff said the cold mornings would continue for much of the state on Sunday, with only the coast to feel overnight temperatures into the teens.
Brisbane was forecast to drop to 9 degrees overnight, before warming to a sunny top of 21 on Sunday.
The cool change is the result of thick cloud cover restricting heating across the state, as well as rain falling into a dry sub-surface layer across some regions.
Senior meteorologist Lauren Pattie said on Friday the bureau expected to see the cool, dry air remain over the interior into next week.
The bureau issued a sheep graziers warning for the Darling Downs, Granite Belt and parts of the Maranoa, Warrego and Central West on Saturday.
A similar risk to livestock was expected to impact the north of the state from Friday.
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