Saturday was Queensland’s coldest ever May day

Meteorologist Rosa Hoff said Lucinda Point, about 100 kilometres north-west of Townsville, had a top of 17.3 degrees on Saturday, which made it the coldest maximum temperature every recorded.

The central Queensland coastal city of Bundaberg had a maximum of 13.2 degrees on Saturday, which made it the coldest May day in 129 years of records.

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Ms Hoff said the central Queensland city of Rockhampton recorded a maximum of 12.2 degrees on Saturday, which put it within 0.1 degrees of equalling the city’s coldest recorded top temperature.

The records continued to tumble on Sunday with three minimum temperature records broken.

Lucinda Point had a low of 13.9 degrees, which was the coldest May day since 2000.

Hamilton Island, off the north Queensland coast, recorded a minimum of 13.9 degrees, the coldest May day since 1990.

The central Queensland coast town of Seventeen Seventy dropped to 8.3 degrees, the coldest May day since 2000.

In the south-east, Brisbane had a maximum of 15.1 degrees on Saturday. This was believed to be the coldest May day since the River City’s top of 15 degrees on May 22, 1922.

“After quite a cold weekend, we’re returning to normal conditions towards the coast, but it was quite a nippy one for many locations in south-east Queensland over the weekend,” Ms Hoff said.

“The Sunshine Coast got to a top of 14.7 degrees on Saturday, which was the coldest maximum temperature they have had in May since 1978.

“Stanthorpe on Sunday got to a maximum of 9.9 degrees, which was coldest May day since 1978.

“With the return of sunshine we have seen our temperature s pick up during the day, but nights are set to stay cold until the weekend.”

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