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Gladstone weather breaks 42-year record

UPDATE 2.40pm

A FOUR-decade old weather record was broken in Gladstone this weekend during a cold snap across the state.

Gladstone had its coldest May day in 42 years yesterday, with a chilly maximum of 13.4C.

The previous record was set on May 12, 1978 at 13.8C.

It was a cold start to both days as well, Saturday with a minimum of 11.1 degrees and today 7.8 degrees.

BoM meteorologist Kimba Wong said the very cold conditions across Eastern Queensland yesterday were caused by a number of factors. 

"We had a very thick band of cloud cover and that cloud cover stopped the sun from coming through and warming things up too much during the day," Ms Wong said

Gladstone had its wettest day this month with 15.2mm recorded at the airport yesterday while today had an additional 3.6mm, bringing the monthly total to 33.0mm.

"As well as that, cloud cover and that light rain yesterday contributing towards the cold temperatures, we also have had a very cool air mass moving up from the south the last couple of days," Ms Wong said.

Neighbouring areas also broke some May maximum records.

Rockhampton aero had a max of 12.2C breaking the May 12, 1978 record of 14.8C. Bundaberg aero recorded 13.2C breaking the same day record of 14.2C, while Thangool airport recorded 12.1C, breaking the May 16, 2013 record of 15.7C.

Looking forward, Ms Wong said to expect reasonably fine conditions warming up during the day.

"We still do have that very cool southerly air mass sitting over much of the state, so while things are warming up a little bit more than yesterday for sure, things are still expected to remain a little bit below the May average over most of the state for the next couple of days."

In Gladstone tomorrow's predicted to have a minimum of 10C and a max of 23C. Tuesday 13C to 24C and Wednesday 12C to 24C.

 

Earlier:

IT APPEARS a four decade old weather record was broken in Gladstone yesterday during a cold snap felt across the state.

Gladstone had its coldest May day in 42 years with a chilly maximum of 13.2 degrees.

The previous record was set on May 12, 1978 when the mercury rose to 13.8 degrees.

The Bureau of Meteorology is expected to confirm the record at midday today.

 

More to come.