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Friday 22 September 2000

Another unusually dry day across the nation
Hot in southern WA and Qld, northern SA and NSW
Rainfall for the 24 hours to 9am (above) and maximum temperature variation from normal (below) BoM

Today was another exceptionally dry day across the entire nation, with top falls in the 24 hours to 9am of only 5 to 8mm on the Queensland coast south of Cairns. The only other areas of very light rain were in northeastern NSW and on Tasmania's west coast. It is unusual, even in spring, for so wide an area to be dry for 24 hours, and for top falls to be so light, and is the second occasion in 5 days that this has occurred.

Top temperatures today were up to 14 above average in southern Western Australia, with temperatures in the mid-30s reported from Norseman and settlements farther east. A belt of high temperatures extended east across the north of South Australia and along the NSW/Qld border, where temperatures were around 10 above.

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

8.0 Topaz Malanda Qld
7.5 Babinda Qld
5.0 Mt Sophia Gordonvale Qld
4.8 Armidale Uni NSW
4.8 Grafton NSW

High falls for other periods:

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Today's highest & lowest temps

Other extremes

Wind gusts:
Mt Wellington summit Tas:
117km/h at 5.21am

Records set this day

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Maximum Minimum
39.2 Derby AP WA 26.0 McCluer Is NT
5.1 Mt Read Tas -3.0 Cooma AP NSW

Greatest variations from normal

Maximum Minimum
+14.8
35.3 Eyre WA
+14.0
35.9 Balladonia WA
+12.4
33.8 Norseman WA
+8.8
17.8 Cashmere Downs WA
-2.3
17.0 Esperance MO WA
-5.0
1.2 Kyancutta SA