SOUTH-WESTERLY winds blowing in from the Antarctic will blanket the region in frosts and keep temperatures below average for the remainder of the week.
The late winter surge means we’re in for a run of cold and clear nights, frosty mornings and sunny, albeit brisk, days.
The cool change may come as a shock to some, with residents enduring only a mild winter this year so far.
For the month of July temperatures were three degrees higher than normal, while August was on track to be two degrees above average for the month, Moree’s Bureau of Meteorology Mark Glasson said.
“We’ve seen less frosts than usual and the minimum temps have been a few degrees above average as well,” he said.
Gunnedah and Inverell residents woke to a chilly -3 degrees yesterday morning with daytime temperatures struggling to reach mid-teens across the district amidst blustery conditions.
And if you thought this morning was cold, you’d be right.
Today, the region will see some of its coldest temperatures all
season, with Tamworth and Gunnedah forecast to start the day at -4 degrees while Armidale can expect an eye-watering -6 .
Tamworth should reach a maximum of 15 today, increasing by one degree tomorrow and another on Friday to hit a maximum of 17. The temperature gauge will feature in positive territory for the first time in several days on Saturday morning, but it won’t be longed-lived, with temperatures dipping below zero once again on Sunday.
However, residents can expect a reprieve next week.
“It looks like it’s warming up pretty significantly from Sunday onwards – daytime temperatures, anyway,” Mr Glasson said.
There’s a slight chance of rain on the slopes south of Tamworth on Friday afternoon, but these will be isolated and “less than 1mm, if any”, Mr Glasson said.