The gloves are on, as cold snap continues

Southeast Queenslanders can expect a wet weekend.
Southeast Queenslanders can expect a wet weekend.

Queensland’s cold snap has continued, with Brisbane recording its coolest overnight temperature of the year while the mercury plummeted below zero further west.

The mercury dropped to 6.9 degrees at 6am in the capital, five below average and the coldest it has been since August 14 last year, when the temperature fell to 6 degrees.

Amberley was near-freezing at 1.8 degrees at 6am, while the temperature at Brisbane Airport fell to 5.7 degrees.

Charleville and Roma shared the title of being the state's coldest, with the mercury falling to minus 3 degrees, while Dalby reached minus 2.1, Oakey minus 1, Toowoomba zero degrees and Kingaroy 0.6 degrees.

The cold front moving across southeast Queensland from the Victorian snow fields will make for more frosty conditions today with a maximum temperature of 16 degrees, 6 degrees below average.

But that is still almost four degrees above yesterday's maximum temperature of 12.6 degrees.

Weatherzone meteorologist Josh Fisher said the sunshine would provide some reprieve from the chilly conditions in Brisbane today.

Unfortunately today’s welcome sunshine will be shortlived, with a wet long-weekend ahead.

‘‘The main feature of the weekend will be the heavy rain,’’ Mr Fisher said.

He said up to 50 millimetres of rain could fall over much of the southeast on Sunday and Monday.

‘‘And it’s going to be windy as well,’’ he said.

Minimum temperatures are expected to be about 12 degrees over the weekend, with maximum daytime temperatures to rise to 18 degrees.