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Saturday 15 July 2000

Warm day across the nation
Locally heavy rain in northern Tasmania
Maximum temperature departure from normal today. Only Cape York Peninsula and a few small pockets around the continent were below normal. BoM
It was an unusually mild winters day across the whole nation today in what has generally been a colder than average winter. Top temperatures were above average almost everywhere, with the coldest place relative to normal -- Dartmouth Dam in Victoria's northeast -- only 1.8 down on the average. In the Centre, the mercury nearly achieved 30, with a top of 29 at Alice Springs Airport, nearly 10 above normal and following an overnight minimum of 12, 8 above normal.

Moist northwesterly winds ahead of an approaching cold front brought heavy rain to exposed parts of Tasmania's north coast during the morning and afternoon. The rain then eased off, but further heavy showers accompanied the passage of the front early on Sunday morning. Mount Barrow, 25km east of Launceston, recorded 43.4mm for the 24 hours to 9am Sunday, while Quamby Bluff near Deloraine recorded 42mm in the same period.

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

33.2 Forest Grove Margaret River WA
32.8 Windy Harbour WA
30.4 Northcliffe PO WA
26.6 Wellington Mill Dardanup WA

Today's highest & lowest temps

Other extremes

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Records set this day

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Maximum Minimum
33.3 Curtin AP Derby WA 23.0 McCluer Is NT
23.0 Coconut Is Qld
-1.0 Crackenback NSW -12.7 Charlotte Pass NSW

Greatest variations from normal

Maximum Minimum
+9.5
29.0 Alice Springs AP NT
+7.9
12.0 Alice Springs AP NT
-1.8
9.7 Dartmouth Reservoir Vic
-7.9
4.1 Georgetown Qld