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Thursday 21 September 2000

Warm across much of the nation
Fires continue in NSW
Maximum temperature anomalies today BoM
Continuing hot dry weather across NSW and southern Queensland is causing concern in the lead-up to the bushfire season, with a number of blazes reported in NSW. Top temperatures today were 8 to 12 above average across northern NSW and southern Queensland. A fire north of Manila, northwest of Tamworth, has burnt through over 3000 hectares of farmland over the past 4 days, while another fire has started in the Wombeyan Caves area east of Mittagong. A fire which has been burning for several days near Holsworthy on the southern outskirts of Sydney has been nearly extinguished.

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

28.0 Mt Read Tas
24.0 Strathgordon Tas
22.0 Scotts Peak Dam Tas
16.4 Franklin Tas

High falls for other periods:

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Today's highest & lowest temps

Other extremes

Wind gusts:
Neptune Is SA:
109km/h at 6.05am
Mt Wellington summit Tas: 107km/h several times between 2 and 2.30am

Flood peaks:
Lachlan at Euabalong NSW:
6.42m this morning with moderate flooding

Records set this day

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Maximum Minimum
38.0 Kalumburu WA
38.0 Bradshaw NT
38.0 Daly Waters AP NT
26.0 McCluer Is NT
4.4 Mt Read Tas -1.0 Perisher Valley NSW

Greatest variations from normal

Maximum Minimum
+11.4
35.7 Tibooburra NSW
+10.8
34.5 White Cliffs NSW
+10.7
32.0 Cobar MO NSW
+12.2
13.7 Woolbrook NSW
+9.3
16.8 Texas Qld
+9.2
17.9 White Cliffs NSW
-3.3
28.0 Milingimbi NT
-7.2
0.8 Eyre WA