BOM expert reveals when winter will arrive in Rocky

BRACE yourselves Capricornia residents, winter will start to roll through the region tomorrow. 

Rockhampton Bureau of Meteorology technical officer Brendan Bradford said while winter, and even autumn had arrived a littler than normal this year, residents could expect a cool change over the next few days. 

"We're expecting some cooler mornings probably Friday and Saturday and they are going to be the coolest mornings so far this year," Mr Bradford said. 

"So the forecast at this stage is for a minimum of 13 degrees on Friday and a minimum of 15 degrees on Saturday."

Mr Bradford said some parts of Capricornia would notice a considerable drop in temperatures over the next few days. 

"We've got a high pressure system which is currently pushing in south-west to southerlies; so that's going to push all the way up to Mackay during tomorrow and then further northwards to Cairns by Friday," he said. 

"We should feel the affects of it by tomorrow. We're expecting a minimum of nine degrees for Biloela tomorrow morning so through those southern and western parts of Capricornia it starts to cool off. 

"But for Rocky, Gladstone and Yeppoon it cools down a little bit further on Friday and Saturday because the winds are a little bit fresh for it to cool off too much tomorrow."

Mr Bradford said while the cooler weather was trying to push into the region, there was some resistance.  

"It's definitely taking its time, even just to get to normal autumn temperatures has taken time," Mr Bradford said. 

"We've had above average temperatures through April and then we actually had a new record May maximum temperature set yesterday for Rockhampton of 32.9 degrees yesterday afternoon. 

"That was the highest may temperature we've seen. We've also recorded very high overnight temperatures for the last couple of weeks and we had an overnight minimum which was a record back on the fourth of May . 

"We've certainly been above average for most of April and for this early part of May as well although it does start to cool off and we'll feel it as a bit of a shock to the system as we go into Friday and Saturday morning."

Mr Bradford said the maximum temperatures in Rockhampton would increase slightly through the weekend with 28-29 degrees expected. 

"Those maximum temperatures do increase a touch but the minimum temperatures should remain close to average around that 15 degree mark for most of next week," he said. 

"The fine conditions are really continuing for quite a while as well.

"We've got this quite dry air-mass pushing through today, although we've still got a little bit of high cloud that should clear away during tomorrow and then we're into fine, sunny conditions and that continues for seven or eight days."

For the boaties, Mr Bradford said winds would reduce heading into the weekend. 

"We've got a strong wind warning today and it does ease off to be more like south easterlies at 15-20 knots through Friday and Saturday," he said.

"So still fresh but backing off  from what we are going to see today which is pretty strong winds."


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