Western Downs residents told to brace themselves for cold temperatures this weekend. Photo Contributed
Western Downs residents told to brace themselves for cold temperatures this weekend. Photo Contributed Contributed

KINGAROY SHIVERS: Winter is coming

IF you have been feeling the cold this week, you weren't alone.

The South Burnett shivered in the early hours this week and on Wednesday morning Kingaroy was officially the coldest place in Queensland.

At 5:37am on Wednesday morning the mercury plunged to a near chilling 2.9 degrees.

Yesterday was only a tiny bit warmer, but at 4 degrees it was only slightly more than Stanthorpe which recorded the coldest temperature of the day at 3.8 degrees.

Bureau meteorologist Jess Carey said people had felt the cold snap more because March was unusually hot.

"Usually throughout March and April it's a gradual decline," Mr Carey said.

"If you've got that gradual change you don't notice it as much."

Although the cold snap has been unwelcome for many, one Murgon man is cashing in his chips.

Peter Meehan sells firewood and has been getting calls from cold customers wanting to heat their home.

"April has been one of our best months for many years," he said.

"We had one person who said they needed it today because we've got a young baby and we need to keep the house warm."

There will be some relief for people waking up for tomorrow's Anzac Day dawn services.

The coldest temperature forecast for Kingaroy on the day is a cold, but not chilling 8 degrees.

Wacky weather

The coldest April day on record for Kingaroy was -0.6 back in 2008.

Wednesday's cool April was our coldest April day since 2013.

The average temperature for Kingaroy in April is 12 degrees.

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