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Wednesday 12 January 2000

Today's weather extremes

Heavy rainfall on the NSW North Coast
Hot in southern SA

Highest rainfall, 24 hours to 9am

195.2 El Arish Bingil Bay Qld
140.0 Dunk Is Resort Qld
132.0 Einasleigh Town Qld
120.9 Yabulu Qld
Heavy showers and occasional thunderstorms produced some high rainfall totals on the NSW North and Mid North Coasts today. Evans Head, on the coast between Grafton and Lismore, topscored with 104mm for the day ended 9am, 75mm of that falling between 9 on Tuesday night and 3 this morning. A further 52mm fell in the 12 hours to 9pm. Coffs Harbour Airport recorded 74mm for the day to 9am. The heavy rain was the product of a strengthing onshore wind between a ridge up the coast and a developing trough in the western Tasman, made more unstable by quite cold conditions in the middle atmosphere.

Hot conditions continued over southern SA today, with both night and day temperatures 8 to 13 above average. Ceduna Airport's top temperature of 42 was 13.6 above average, while the residents of Mt Barker in the Adelaide Hills had an exceptionally warm night, with a minimum of 24.2, 12.5 above.


Snow was reported above 1500 metres at Thredbo this morning.
Gale force winds were experienced through Bass Strait this morning.

Highest & Lowest Temps

Maximum Minimum
42.1 Brunette Downs NT 29.0 Centre Is NT
16.0 Crackenback NSW -1.2 Charlotte Pass NSW

Greatest variations from normal

Maximum Minimum
41.6 Ceduna AP SA
24.2 Mt Barker SA
25.0 Badgingarra Res Stn Dandaragan WA
-1.0 Perisher Valley NSW
Other extreme readings
Fitzroy Crossing AP WA
16.8mm in 10mins to 11.02pm
Mackay MO Qld
43mm in 6hrs to 3pm
Repentance NSW
38mm in 1hr to 8.27pm
Coffs Harbour AP NSW
41mm in 6hrs to 3am

Wind gust:
Cape Grim Tas 91km/h at 7am

Records set this day
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