CHILLY: The Granite Belt shivered through the coldest weekend this year.
CHILLY: The Granite Belt shivered through the coldest weekend this year. Gail Paulsen

Granite Belt proves we're still the coldest

THE Granite Belt has once again proved itself the coldest part of Queensland, as residents woke up to blankets of frost at the coldest weekend this year so far.

The mercury dropped down into the negatives to a frosty -6.1 degrees on Saturday and -6.0 on Sunday, seven degrees below the July average.

The freezing temperatures had some residents waiting several hours before they could access hot water.

Frozen pipes and swelling had MWF Plumbing extremely busy, attending 20 jobs over the weekend and an additional 25 on Monday, as opposed to an average of three a day.

Quart Pot Creek turned to shards of ice in Diamondvale, with other residents reporting half-frozen dams.

Despite the frozen conditions, Stanthorpe didn't quite break the July minimum record - on July 17, 1970 the Granite Belt froze through a chilling -9.4degree minimum.

Temperatures are expected to rise to 1 degree on Wednesday and Thursday, then 6 degrees on Friday with a chance of showers.

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