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Sunday 16 January 2000

Today's weather extremes

Further storms and rain in WA07May00
Heatwave continues in SA

Highest rainfall, 24 hours to 9am

135.8 Glenroy Massie Allora NT
60.0 Jindare NT
58.6 Northcliffe PO WA
57.2 Springfields Pemberton WA
Further storms and heavy showers continued along the WA south coast and through the wheat belt today as the region of instability caused by colder air aloft lingered over the state's south. Eyre, on the coast well east of Esperance, reported 43.4mm for the 24 hours to 9am, a record January total in 48 years of record. Other heavy 24 hour falls included Northcliffe PO 58.6, Springfields, Pemberton 57.2, Welcome Downs, out of Esperance, 49.2, Pemberton 39.5, and Cowaramup Margaret River 38.2. Falls from the storms were generally between 10 and 20mm (see left) with hail reported from Ongerup.

Heatwave conditions continued in much of SA. The bushfire in Hambidge Conservation Park in central Eyre Peninsula was again out of control, with the National Parks Department giving up on efforts to fight the fire. Hot northerly winds and temperatures in the low 40s are making firefighting all but impossible.


Highest & Lowest Temps

Maximum Minimum
43.8 Mt Dare SA 29.7 Marla SA
12.7 Mt Wellington Tas 6.7 Mt Wellington Tas

Greatest variations from normal

Maximum Minimum
42.1 Ceduna AP SA
27.0 Kyancutta SA
25.0 Badgingarra Res Stn Dandaragan WA
9.5 Murrurundi NSW
Other extreme readings
Cape Naturaliste WA
15mm in 2hrs to 8am
Red Rocks Point WA
19mm in 3hrs to 9pm
Laverton WA
17mm in 3hrs to 3am
Esperance AP WA
10.8mm in 10mins to 10pm
Forrest AP WA
23mm in 3hrs to midnight
Darwin AP NT
28.4mm in 40mins to 11.30pm
Records set this day
Eyre WA: Heaviest 24 hour rainfall for January, 43.4mm breaking the previous record of 33.5 in 48 years of record.
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