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Friday 4 January 2000

Today's weather extremes

Heatwave continues in the southeast

Highest rainfall, 24 hours to 9am

151.4 Galiwinku Elcho Island NT
144.0 Narawili Elcho Island NT
50.0 Dum In Mirrie NT
49.2 Cape Tribulation Store Qld
Maximum temperature anomaly (left) and actual (right)
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Minimum temperature anomaly

Temperatures above the old century mark dominated the continent again today, giving another roasting to coastal areas of South Australia and Victoria where temperatures were from 10 to 17 above average. Tarcoola, Kyancutta and Port Augusta, in the area north of SA's Eyre Peninsula, scored the highest temperatures of between 45 and 46, and Whyalla and Cleve, in the same area, reported top temps 16 or 17 above normal. However it was Victor Harbor, on the coast south of Adelaide, that recorded the highest departure from normal of 17.5 when the mercury reached 41.8. The day followed an unusually hot night in central SA. Minimum temperatures of around 32 were recorded in a band from near Marree to the southwest NT, mostly within a degree of the record high minimum temperature for February.

Highest & Lowest Temps

Maximum Minimum
46.0 Lyons Siding Tarcutta SA
45.5 Mardie WA
45.3 Kyancutta SA
45.2 Port Augusta Arid Lands SA
32.2 Marla SA
32.1 Oodnadatta AP SA
32.0 Watarrka NT
20.0 Maatsuyker Is Tas 5.0 Lake St Clair Tas

Greatest variations from normal

Maximum Minimum
41.8 Victor Harbor SA
43.9 Cleve SA
44.6 Whyalla Town SA
32.2 Marla SA
26.7 Deniliquin NSW
27.5 Alyangula NT
9.5 Mt Seaview NSW
Other extreme readings
Narawili Elcho Island NT recorded 62mm in the hour to 6am
Records set this day

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