Coldest morning, a warning for motorists

Locals in parts of south west Queensland shivered through their coldest morning of the year, with temperatures dipping to as low as three degrees overnight.

According to the Bureau of Meteorology residents received an official, if belated, welcome to Autumn, with Kingaroy, Warwick and Toowoomba dubbed the coldest towns in Queensland with the mercury dropping to just three degrees.

 

Forecaster Adam Blazak told the Toowoomba Chronicle a very large high in the Great Australian Bight was directing cold southerly air over most of the country and much of Queensland.

 

“Not only is it cool it’s also very dry and when we have dry air it allows the heat to escape through the cool skies,” Mr Blazak said.

 

The State’s peak motoring body has reminded motorists to be kind to their cars in the colder weather by parking them in a garage if possible.

 

RACQ spokesperson Lauren Ritchie said there were several reasons why the cold could make cars hard to start, from fuel problems to engine issues, but one thing that was more common and might be overlooked was the battery.

 

“Temperature extremes can show the weaknesses in your battery by affecting the chemical reaction that produces electricity.  Cold slows down the process and can easily tip a marginal battery over the edge,” Ms Ritchie said.

 

Ms Ritchie said unlike brakes or engines, batteries often wouldn’t  give any clear warning signs before they fail or cause starting problems. 

 

“If you have any doubts about it, it would be wise to have it tested, and if necessary replaced before Winter sets in.

 

“If your battery has been affected by the cold weather, members can call us on 13 1111.”