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Friday 28 April 2000

Windy in WA as front crosses
Another wintry cold front crossed southern WA today bringing strong wind gusts as it passed and gale force WSW winds around the coast in its wake. This more virile front developed on a secondary low pressure system that formed well south of Perth late yesterday afternoon, then tracked northeast while deepening to 982hPa and skirting only a few hundred kilometres south of the South Coast today. Mean wind at Cape Leeuwin, the nation's most southwesterly point, remained between 60 and 70km/h until late morning. Details of wind gusts are given below. 35 to 40mm of rain fell with the passage of the front through the Esperance region; details are in the 24 hour rainfall box for 29 April.

Today's highest rainfall totals for the 24 hours to 9am

67.8 Cooktown Mission Strip Qld
64.2 Cape Tribulation Store Qld
52.4 Hazelmere Cooktown Qld
44.0 Horn Is Qld

Today's highest & lowest temps

Other extremes

Pirlangimpi NT: 59mm in 3h to 6pm

Wind gusts:
Gingin AP WA: 98km/h at 2.22 and 2.24pm
Kalamunda WA: 89km/h at 11.07am
Rottnest Is WA: 91km/h at 1.59pm and 5pm

Records set this day


Maximum Minimum
36.0 Mardie WA 26.1 Troughton Is WA
8.7 Mt Hotham Vic -1.0 Bushy Park Tas
-1.0 Ouse Tas

Greatest variations from normal

Maximum Minimum
31.5 Wollongong Uni NSW
19.0 Ceduna AP SA
10.0 Dwellingup WA
-1.0 Bushy Park Tas

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