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Brisbane braces for worst cold spell in over a decade

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Brisbane households are feeling the chill as the Queensland capital faces its worst cold spell in years.

Weatherzone is reporting that the city struggled to hit 20 degrees from last Saturday (June 23) to yesterday (June 26), marking the first time it has failed to reach that temperature for four consecutive days since 2010.

Many households have been cranking up the electric heaters in order to stay warm through this tough period, despite rising gas and electricity prices making such behaviour expensive.

"We had forecast to sell a certain number [of heaters], but we've had to get more. It wasn't enough," Harvey Norman Fortitude Valley franchisee Craig Sidey told the Courier Mail yesterday.

"We've sold dozens each day and last Saturday, we sold 40-50."

With more wind and rain forecast for today and tomorrow, it is possible that this will become the longest run of cold weather since 1999.

"Wednesday may even be colder than today due to cloudy skies and heavier rain. The sun may not make an appearance on Thursday either," said Weatherzone meteorologist Brett Dutschke yesterday.

Brisbane residents will want to ensure they are contracted to the best electricity supplier to suit their needs during this cold snap, to ensure that they can continue warming their homes while keeping power bills manageable.

Posted by Charlie Moore