Leah Thomson of Warwick snapped these incredible photos of waves stirred up by the wind crashing against the bank and the dam wall at Leslie Dam on Saturday morning.
Leah Thomson of Warwick snapped these incredible photos of waves stirred up by the wind crashing against the bank and the dam wall at Leslie Dam on Saturday morning.

Temperature plummets at weekend

RAIN, gale force winds, freezing temperatures and finally sunshine – this weekend had it all, with more of the same predicted for the rest of this week.

Daily News reader Leah Thomson was amazed when she scoped the town with camera in hand to inspect the water levels and discovered conditions usually only seen at the coast.

“I took a drive out to Leslie Dam (Saturday) morning and was amazed to see real waves ... was amazing to see it so full again,” she said.

The Southern Downs saw a return to winter mornings at the weekend, with Warwick dropping to 2.3 degrees yesterday morning, just one degree shy of the coldest October morning on record.

Clintonvale resident Anna Prevend said it was so cold there was frost on her property Saturday morning, destroying all the vegetables she had just planted in anticipation of a Christmas harvest.

“It's only the second time in 34 years we've been hit by frost this time of year,” she said.

“It's disheartening, but there's not much you can do except have a good laugh and start again.”

Wind gusts picked up on Friday night, reaching 56kmh about 7.30pm, and 59kmh about 10am on Saturday.

Meanwhile, more than 9000 Ergon Energy customers from Stanthorpe to Bundaberg had their power supply interrupted by fierce winds on Friday night and Saturday. A further 1500 customers in the Stanthorpe region were affected by two other separate power supply interruptions on Saturday with a handful of customers not having their power restored until Sunday morning.

Sunny conditions are expected today and tomorrow according to Weatherzone's five-day forecast, with a late shower expected Wednesday, Thursday and more showers on Saturday.


Weekend rain

Warwick: 28.6mm

Applethorpe: 34.2mm

Goondiwindi: 25mm

Stanthorpe: 26mm

(Official Bureau of Meteorology figures in the 24 hours to 9am Saturday)


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