Chilly in the tropics - coldest May Temperature
WHITSUNDAY residents woke on Saturday to an unusual cold snap.
This was followed by strong winds during the day.
Those of you who thought it was colder than usual were right.
Saturday, May 26 was the coldest day recorded in May in Proserpine for 22 years.
The maximum temperature did eventually get to 18.7 degrees but this is compared against a May average of 26.5 degrees.
Saturday also recorded the coldest temperature for Hamilton Island in at least a decade, with 17.8 degrees during the day and 14.7 degrees at night.
Senior forecaster for the Bureau of Meteorology Tony Auden said the strong winds were not that unusual for this time of the year, but with the cloud cover and fairly strong rain band, it caused the temperature to drop.
The coldest temperature in the past week was early on Monday morning when it got as low as 7.3 degrees.
More rain is expected in coming days along with strong winds.
The temperatures should get to between 23 and 25 degrees - much closer to the average.
Mr Auden said it may seem colder than usual with so much cloud cover around.
Weatherzone meteorologist Brett Dutschke said May this year had recorded cooler temperatures than last, with rainfall also falling below average.
"We were coming off a strong La Nina last year which meant the atmosphere was still moist with a lot of cloud cover resulting in more rainfall," he said.
"There is a good chance of more cold nights in the middle of winter, with July this year likely to be the driest because of an increased risk of colder than normal nights and clearer skies."