South-east Queensland will shiver through a cold weekend from tomorrow, with maximum temperatures approaching the recorded in May, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.
Maximum temperatures across the region are unlikely to rise above 20 degrees, with 17-19C predicted for most centres.
"That is five to seven degrees below the May average," forecaster Shane Kennedy said.
Woolly weather time for #Qld including: max temps 10-12C below average thru interior & Central Coast, Darling Downs & Granite Belt Sheep Graziers Alert current, Atherton Tablelands frost risk from Saturday & cattle to feel chill in north. #QLDweather: https://t.co/PQqF1AbYnL 🌡️ pic.twitter.com/7NaQZzaYHT— Bureau of Meteorology, Queensland (@BOM_Qld) May 21, 2020
The cold had already kicked in at Redlands today, with the apparent temperature - wind chill factor included - just 11.6 degrees at 4.30pm at Alexandra Hills.
At Greenbank, it was 13C.
Minimums in some inland towns to drop below five degrees on the coldest weekend of the year so far.
Forecasters have warned graziers that temperatures are expected to be so cold tomorrow, that sheep and lamb losses might be recorded in the southeastern Central West, northeastern Maranoa and Warrego and parts of the Darling Downs and Granite Belt.
Beaudesert is expected to get down to 4C on Sunday. Its highest overnight low is forecast to be 7C and these conditons will continue until at least Thursday.
Jimboomba faces the same conditions, with a top of 20C on Saturday.
Redlands will drop to a low of 7C on Sunday night and will have a top of 19C tomorrow.
Meteorologist Shane Kennedy said the cold weather was due to a high pressure system in the Great Australian Bight pushing cold, dry southern air Queensland's way.
Mr Kennedy said clear skies across most of the region would also be a factor in keeping temperatures down.
Our corner of the state will start to warm up again from Monday, Mr Kennedy said.