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Sunday 27 August 2000

Big temperature variations in SE Qld as dry weather brings widespread fires
Several locations in southeastern Queensland recorded large temperature ranges today. Amberley Airport, near Ipswich, began the day with a minimum of 0 but recorded a top temperature of 30. The biggest temperature variation in one day at Amberley in xx years of record is 30.2 on 29 September 1994, while the largest in southeastern Queensland (the South Coast Moreton rainfall district) is 32.9 ( from -1.5 up to 31.4) on 16 September 1991 at Nanango. Farther inland, on the Darling Downs, Oakey Airport managed a range of 29, (-2 to 27).

Very low humidity allowed night time temperatures to drop well below normal, while a developing warm northwesterly during the day brought hot dry air from the interior over the southeast. The hot, dry conditions produced about 60 grass and small bush fires to SE Qld during the weekend.

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

25.0 Perisher Valley NSW
21.4 Levendale Tas
17.4 Lucindale SA
17.4 Wilmington SA

High falls for other periods:

South Australia:
Cape Jaffa:
16mm in 3h to noon

Today's highest & lowest temps

Other extremes

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Records set this day

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Maximum Minimum
36.0 Timber Creek NT 24.0 Dum In Mirrie NT
24.0 Coconut Is Qld
-2.0 Crackenback NSW -4.0 Woolbrook NSW
-4.0 Crackenback NSW
-4.0 Perisher Valley NSW

Greatest variations from normal

Maximum Minimum
+8.2
32.0 Windorah PO Qld
+9.0
11.0 Tenterfield NSW
-6.1
11.0 Mildura AP Vic
-6.5
0.0 Amberley AP Qld