A snowy wallaby from the Great Lake Hotel is becoming famous for the cold on Facebook.
A snowy wallaby from the Great Lake Hotel is becoming famous for the cold on Facebook.

Queensland shivers but not as much as this wallaby

SOME part of Queensland might have felt as cold as Tasmania this morning - until you see this photo of a snow wallaby outside a lakeside hotel.

Roma and Oakey had minimums of around 0 degrees while Stanthorpe was minus 1, along with Warwick.

Even after 9am, Stanthorpe had only climbed to 7.5 degrees, while Oakey was only 11 at 9.40am.

Toowoomba residents woke this morning to the coldest morning the city has experienced since August 2016.

Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Adam Blazak said the mercury reached a low of 2.1 degrees.

"That was at the (Toowoomba) airport," he said. "The last time it got that cold was August 2016."

Mr Blazak said the temperature probably felt several degrees colder than it actually was.

Ipswich was super cool at 1 degrees early on, according to Higgins Storm Chasing, while Beaudesert was 2, Gympie was 7 and the Sunshine Coast 6.

Brisbane  was slightly warmed on 8, while the Gold Coast hovered around 9 degrees.

Kingaroy was 2, along with  Charleville.

Higgins reported that Glen Innes in the northern tablelands of NSW was colder than the Alps and the coldest in Australia with -6.7.

In its official forecast, the Bureau of Meteorology said a high pressure system over southern Australia will shift slowly east over southeastern Australia over the next few days.

"It will combine with a deep low in the Tasman Sea to direct a cool, dry air mass into Queensland, with morning frosts and sunny days across most of the state."

The forecast for the rest of the day is fine and sunny elsewhere for most of the state.

The bureau said areas of frost were becoming  extensive over southern and eastern inland, south of Emerald and east of Charleville.

Brisbane is facing its coldest start to winter in 12 years. File picture: Mark Calleja
Brisbane is facing its coldest start to winter in 12 years. File picture: Mark Calleja

The Courier-Mail reported that in Amberley, the temperature hit a near freezing 2C at 6am while it dipped to a brisk 7.2C at the Sunshine Coast airport.

The minimum temperature in Brisbane is expected to drop to only 9C tomorrow, making it the coldest start to winter since 2006.

Patches of light frost are also expected tomorrow in the city's west and the Gold Coast Hinterland in the early morning.

It will be mostly sunny in the southeast today, with the mercury forecast to reach a top of 23C in Brisbane and 22C at Surfers Paradise.

Meanwhile, the above picture of a snowy wallaby from the Great Lake Hotel over the Central Highlands of Tasmania is going viral on Facebook.

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