Ethan Contor, 3, prepares for the cold snap heading for Gladstone this weekend.
Ethan Contor, 3, prepares for the cold snap heading for Gladstone this weekend. Christopher Chan

Cooler nights ahead with airflow coming up the coast

WE HARDLY had any autumn and now two weeks into winter the rain is hanging in there and it's stayed pretty warm.

But beware - the cold's on its way, the Bureau of Meteorology says.

A big trough went across the south-east of the state and NSW overnight and a low pressure system was forming off the NSW south coast, spinning a cooler to cold southerly airflow up the coast.

It's going to reach us by the weekend, bringing clear blue skies during the day and plummeting temperatures overnight.

BOM forecaster Rick Threlfall said the trough had stalled between Gladstone and Yeppoon on Thursday afternoon and there were still a few showers about, but by the weekend we could expect cooler, drier air and temperatures to drop below double figures by Sunday.

"It will drop to around 11-12 degrees on Saturday morning and down to about 9 by Sunday, and then again on Monday and Tuesday," Mr Threlfall said. 

Maximum temperatures will be in the low 20s over the weekend.