COLD SNAP: Toowoomba's mild winter is about to end

ENJOYING the mild July weather, Toowoomba? Soak it up, because it's about to end.

The Bureau of Meteorology has predicted the first real cold snap of 2017 will roll into the Darling Downs this week, effectively ending what has been a warm winter by normal standards.

Today's maximum of 20.5ºC was well above to July average of 16.3ºC, while minimum temperatures in the morning have hardly been freezing.

But duty forecaster Andrew Bufalino said a surface trough expected to bring much colder temperatures, with minimum temperatures dropping to just 2ºC and a strong chance of frost on Friday morning.

"We're getting warm air ahead of a surface trough, and behind that we expect cool and cold south-westerly winds throughout the week," he said.

"It has been a little bit warmer, there haven't been any true changes of weather up until this point.

"We are expecting winds to be significant, up to 40km/h, with gusts of over 60km/h.

"Into the later parts of the week you'll start to see frost right across the Darling Downs, especially on Friday morning."

Even if predicted temperatures reach as lower as predicted, it won't be quite as cold as 2016, where windchill made mornings feel like it was -1.4ºC on July 6.

FORECAST

Tuesday: Possible shower, 12-21

Wednesday: Becoming windy, mostly sunny, 8-14

Thursday: Wind easing, sunny, 4-15

Friday: Sunny, 2-17

Saturday: Sunny, 6-19



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