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Sheep producers preparing for cold snap


Southern Queensland sheep graziers have been warned to prepare for a cold snap with temperatures set to fall.

The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a sheep grazier’s warning for Maranoa and Warrego, Darling Downs and Granite Belt districts for today due to cold, wet conditions in the wake of a cold front.

Overnight temperatures are forecast to fall between 0-4C with daytime temperatures on Thursday reaching between 9-15C with some sheep potentially susceptible to the cooler conditions.

BOM meteorologist Pieter Claassen says temps will be 5-10 degrees below the average range overnight and into Thursday morning.

“Important to note these temperatures will feel even cooler than forecast temperatures giving how dry it is,” he says.

“It will be a bit windy in places as well, particularly the Darling Downs and southeast coast district, today and tomorrow where we may see winds up to 35km/h.”

There is also a chance for some snow in the Granite Belt but it’s unlikely to accumulate in Stanthorpe itself, according to the weather bureau.


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