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Sunday 23 July 2000

Strong winds across SE Australia as cold front approaches 24Jul00
Departures from normal for top temperatures today
Gusty northwesterly winds covered much of southern SA and NSW, and most of Victoria and Tasmania today as a weakening cold front clipped southern Tasmania this morning and a stronger front approached the region this evening. Gusts to storm force (89 to 117km/h) were reported across all four states, while windy Mt Wellington behind Hobart reported several gusts of hurricane speed (118km/h and above). Details are below. The northwesterlies swept a pool of very warm air that has been hanging around Alice Springs for over a week to the southeast, giving parts of SA, Victoria and Tasmania a taste of spring. Port Arthur had its warmest July day in 20 years at 16.4, while Colac, west of Geelong in Victoria, recorded its warmest July day in 16 years with the thermometer rising to 17.9

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

46.0 Mt Read Tas
38.0 Quamby Bluff Tas
36.8 Wayatinah B Power Station Tas
33.8 Beauty Flat Road South Esk River Tas

High falls for other periods:

Luncheon Hill, Northwest:
17.4mm in 2h30m to 10.13pm
Mt Read, West Coast:
22mm in 6h to 3am

Today's highest & lowest temps

Other extremes

Wind gusts, SA:
Neptune Is:
93km/h at 8pm
Mt Lofty summit, Adelaide: 102km/h at 7am

Wind gusts, NSW:
Crackenback, Snowy Mtns:
109km/h at 10.20pm and 11.02pm

Wind gusts, Vic:
Mt Buller, Northeast:
107km/h at 10.10pm
Dunns Hill, Dandenongs: 100km/h at 10.30pm
Rhyll, Phillip Is: 91km/h at 9.47pm
Kilmore Gap, North Central: 91km/h at 6.51pm, 9.30pm and 10.30pm

Wind gusts, Tas:
Friendly Beaches, East Coast:
102km/h at 9pm
Mt Wellington summit: 128km/h at 11.49am and noon

Records set this day

Highest maximum temperature for July (previous record and years of computerised record shown in brackets):
Palmers Lookout Port Arthur Tas: 16.4 (16.0, 20)

Maximum Minimum
34.0 Fitzroy Crossing AP WA 23.0 McCluer Is NT
23.0 Coconut Is Qld
0.0 Crackenback NSW
0.0 Falls Creek Vic
-8.0 Woolbrook NSW

Greatest variations from normal

Maximum Minimum
32.5 Urandangie Qld
14.6 Oodnadatta AP SA
14.0 Esperance MO WA
-8.0 Woolbrook NSW