THE first real taste of winter came to the Bundaberg region at the weekend, with temperatures dropping way below the average.
Organisers of outdoor events such as the Childers Show and the Aussie Country Muster were partly blaming the weather for keeping numbers down on previous years.
But the good news is that temperatures will start to go up during the week, even as we head towards the official start of winter on Friday.
May has also been a dry month, with only 27.4mm of rain falling, well below the May average of 70.5mm.
Even with some showers predicted for the week, they are unlikely to bring the total up to the average.
Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster Rick Threlfall
said on Saturday night the minimum temperature in Bundaberg got down to six degrees, eight degrees below the seasonal average.
"(Yesterday) the maximum temperature only got to 20 degrees, still five degrees below the average," he said.
The hinterland froze too, with temperatures at Gayndah getting down to two degrees on Saturday night and Monto hitting one degree.
Mr Threlfall said the weather conditions were due to a cold front that swept over the district on Friday, bringing patchy rain with it as well.
"There will be cooler, drier air over the region on Monday," he said.
"The south-westerly winds were very cool and dry, but that's not going to last for long."
Mr Threlfall said while there would be a cool start to today, temperatures should get up to about 23 degrees.
"From Tuesday onwards the wind will be coming in off the sea, and that should warm things up a bit," he said.
Tomorrow temperatures should get up to about 24 degrees, with similar maximums on Wednesday and Thursday.
"We'll be getting back towards the seasonal averages," Mr Threlfall said.
The bureau is predicting the possibility of persistent rain towards the end of the week.