Coldest August morning since 1964

IF YOU were shivering this morning, you weren't imagining that it was colder than it has been in years.

This morning saw the coldest recorded August temperature in Bundaberg since 1964 - bottoming out at a bone-chilling 3.4 degrees about 6.30am.

Before that, the only August morning recording a colder temperature was 2.7 degrees in 1964.

The Bureau of Meteorology's Tony Auden said the cold mornings Bundaberg residents had been experiencing were caused by several factors coinciding.

"A high-pressure system over eastern Australia is giving us a dry southerly wind, which has brought up cold air from over the Tasman Sea between New Zealand and Australia," Mr Auden said.

"The clear skies we have had at night mean the warmth of the day escapes at night."

The meteorologist said a 3.4-degree minimum was "quite exceptional" for Bundaberg.

"The lowest average temperature is 11 degrees in August," he added.

The plunging morning temperatures come after the city recording its warmest July morning in history a couple of weeks ago, at 19.7 degrees.

Bureau climate services manager Jeff Sabburg said those warmer minimums had been caused by northerly winds bringing down warm, moist air.

"Then the extensive overnight cloud cover ... and the extremely moist air we had in July trapped the daytime warmth during the night," he said.

"It's not too unusual for these factors to be present."

The weekend forecast minimum is for 7 degrees on Saturday and 8 degrees on Sunday.
 



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