Much of Queensland was hit by a record-breaking cold snap over the weekend, including Brisbane-- the city reached a maximum of 15.1 °C (59.2 °F) on Saturday, May 23, 2020, marking its coldest daytime May temperature since 1922. Frost patches are forecast in the state's south and central areas this week, according to the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM).
Heaps of low maximum temperature records were smashed across the state, BOM figures showed. On Saturday, Mackay also recorded its coldest May day in 113 years with 15.6 °C (60 °F). Bundaberg had its coldest May day in 129 years with 13.2 °C (55.8 °F).
While Brisbane's temperature pummeled to 11 °C (51.8 °F), the maximum of 15 °C (59.2 °F) made it the coldest May in 98 years.
Temperatures were well below the May average along the Queensland coast on Saturday. Rockhampton and Gladstone hit a top of 12 °C (53.6 °F), Townsville 14 °C (57.2 °F), and Toowoomba 11 °C (51.8 °F).
One of the lowest maximum temperatures recorded in the state was in Charters Towers with 11.5 °C (52.7 °F).
Ok yep, it was cold yesterday - heaps of low maximum temperature records broken across the state. You can check the observations near you at https://t.co/fuL0gK70wy— Bureau of Meteorology, Queensland (@BOM_Qld) May 24, 2020
Here are some of the locations with preliminary records and more than 30 years of data to compare with: pic.twitter.com/8hCNgt6T5i
We loved being tagged in the amazing #sunset pics and videos snapped last evening – like this one taken in #Ipswich – after the chilly day. Keep the #QLDweather pics coming at @BOM_Qld. And stay up to date with all #Qld obs, forecasts & warnings: https://t.co/9QRjh3iZwD #NoFilter pic.twitter.com/esmFTB3vgP— Bureau of Meteorology, Queensland (@BOM_Qld) May 24, 2020
Yesterday’s cold weather broke records across Queensland, with more on the way. "Around about 35 long term records were broken for Sunday and a couple more on Saturday as well," - Matthew Bass, meteorologist. Report on 7NEWS at 6pm. https://t.co/nEgeJDJMM5 #7NEWS pic.twitter.com/GxesGZHSIg— 7NEWS Brisbane (@7NewsBrisbane) May 24, 2020
An amazing sunset in Brisbane on a cold Autumn day! pic.twitter.com/8p7zqWRweS— Dr Matt Capp (@Capitalise_Ed) May 23, 2020
The cool weather was also accompanied by some rainfalls between 20 and 50 mm (0.8 and 2 inches) through central Queensland and the tropical interior.
According to Kimba Wong from the BOM, the weekend chill was caused by a thick cloud band over eastern parts of Queensland, combined with a cold air mass moving in from the south.
Temperatures lower than average will continue to for a few days, although it will be a "tough warmer" than on the weekend, she added. "The cloud band has moved off, but we still have the cold air mass over us which is why it’s still reasonably fresh."
Frost patches in the south and central Queensland are expected this week, particularly on the Granite Belt, Darling Downs, and Burnett.
Featured image credit: Kimba Wong