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Saturday's subzero temperatures break record

SUPER CHILLED: It might not be snowing but there were icicles in photographer Clive Lowe's backyard Sunday morning after he left the sprinklers on, creating a winter wonderland for his grandchildren.
SUPER CHILLED: It might not be snowing but there were icicles in photographer Clive Lowe's backyard Sunday morning after he left the sprinklers on, creating a winter wonderland for his grandchildren. Clive Lowe

July is always frosty and cold.

It was -5.6 degrees at Kingaroy yesterday morning and according to Nanango's Clive Lowe -7 degrees at his property.

The frosty start to Saturday morning has overtaken last week's low of -4.2 degrees as the coldest day of the year so far.

But July is clearly a cold month with the all time record of -6.7 degrees measured on July 18, 1961 and -6 degrees in July, 2002.

If you've felt justified in pulling the covers back over your head every morning because the thought of facing the cold is too much to handle - spare a thought for Stanthorpe.

Not only did it drop to -7 degrees Saturday but it was another frosty morning today at -5.2 degrees.

Warwick's weekly low was -6.1 degrees on Tuesday followed by -5.9 degrees and -5.4 degrees for Saturday and Sunday.

Now that's cold. 

So why doesn't it snow in Kingaroy?

Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster Michelle Berry said sub-zero temperatures were just one element required for snow to fall. 

"Typically you need an upper-level trough (a region of low pressure) or a bit of air mass, and of course a cold air mass," Ms Berry said. 

The Bunya Mountains are known to have received a dusting of snow, most recently in 2008. 

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