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Thursday, 05 APR 2001

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Heatwave develops in southern WA
Heavy showers continue in NE NT and Far North Qld
With a high anchored over SE Australia for the past 5 days, north to northeasterly winds have been directing hot desert air over the continent's southwest, with some part of southern WA experiencing daytime temperatures 10 to 12 above normal every day since the beginning of the month.

A low that formed in the monsoonal trough off northeastern Arnhem Land, NT, on Tuesday moved slowly west along the coast today, threatening to develop into a cyclone and bringing heavy showers to the area. Elcho Island recorded 98mm between 3pm and 9pm. Showers in the monsoon trough were also responsible for some respectable totals on Cape York Peninsula, Qld, today. Lockhart River, 110km north of Cairns, recorded 136.9 for the day ended 9 this morning, while Horn Island, just west of Cape York, registered 128mm in 3 hours to 9pm, 69.2 falling in just over half an hour to 8pm.

National weather extremes for today
Data provided by the Bureau of Meteorology
Last updated at 18:32 EDST on 06/04/01

Quality control note: Data is complete, and has been visually checked by AWN for gross errors. Less obvious errors may remain. See Explanation of Extremes Pages for more information
Records set this day (none known)

Todays highest rainfall totals for the 24 hours to 9am. It includes the top 5 totals received, and/or all reported falls of 50mm or more.

136.9 LOCKHART RIVER AIRPORT S Peninsula QLD
80.0 GOVE AIRPORT Arnhem NT
67.0 NORTH EAST ISLAND Islands
55.8 ALYANGULA POLICE Arnhem NT
51.0 NHULUNBUY DTW Arnhem NT

NORTHERN TERRITORY
    Arnhem
80.0 GOVE AIRPORT
55.8 ALYANGULA POLICE
51.0 NHULUNBUY DTW

QUEENSLAND
    S Peninsula
136.9 LOCKHART RIVER AIRPORT

ISLANDS
    Islands
67.0 NORTH EAST ISLAND
51.0 COCOS ISLAND AIRPORT

High rainfall for periods of 6 hours or less.


NORTHERN TERRITORY
    Arnhem
ELCHO ISLAND
98.0mm in 6 hr to 20:30 16.3mm/h
GOVE AIRPORT
14.6mm in 30 min to 00:30 29.2mm/h
NARAWILLI
44.8mm in 1 hr to 18:30 44.8mm/h
51.0mm in 3 hr to 20:30 17.0mm/h
77.0mm in 6 hr to 20:30 12.8mm/h

QUEENSLAND
    N Peninsula
HORN ISLAND
19.0mm in 12 min to 19:00 95.0mm/h
25.0mm in 1 hr to 19:00 25.0mm/h
12.4mm in 23 min to 19:23 32.3mm/h
69.2mm in 37 min to 20:00 112.2mm/h
81.6mm in 1 hr to 20:00 81.6mm/h
21.0mm in 1 hr to 21:00 21.0mm/h
128.0mm in 3 hr to 21:00 42.7mm/h
128.0mm in 6 hr to 21:00 21.3mm/h
32.4mm in 1 hr 6 min to 23:00 29.5mm/h
    S Peninsula
LOCKHART RIVER AIRPORT
48.0mm in 3 hr to 06:00 16.0mm/h

ISLANDS
    Islands
NORTH EAST ISLAND
37.0mm in 3 hr to 16:30 12.3mm/h
39.0mm in 3 hr to 17:30 13.0mm/h
37.0mm in 3 hr to 18:30 12.3mm/h

Todays highest & lowest temperatures

Maximum Minimum
39.0 MARDIE W Pilbara WA
38.0 PANNAWONICA W Pilbara WA
38.0 GASCOYNE JUNCTION W Gascoyne WA
37.9 ENEABBA Central West WA
37.7 MORAWA POST OFFICE Central West WA
28.1 TROUGHTON ISLAND N Kimberley WA
27.0 COCONUT ISLAND N Peninsula QLD
26.9 MORNINGTON ISLAND Gulf Country QLD
26.6 WILLIS ISLAND Islands
26.0 MCCLUER ISLAND Darwin-Daly NT
26.0 DUM IN MIRRIE Darwin-Daly NT
26.0 PORT KEATS AERO Darwin-Daly NT
26.0 HORN ISLAND N Peninsula QLD
26.0 VARANUS ISLAND Islands
26.0 NORTHERN ENDEAVOUR Islands
26.0 CAPE FOURCROY Islands
8.4 MOUNT READ W Coast TAS
12.7 HARTZ MOUNTAIN(KEOGHS PIMPLE) Southeast TAS
13.7 MOUNT WELLINGTON Southeast TAS
14.0 THREDBO (CRACKENBACK STATION) AWS Snowy Mtns NSW
14.0 LUNCHEON HILL FORESTRY N Coast TAS
0.5 CHARLOTTE PASS (KOSCIUSKO CHALET) Snowy Mtns NSW
0.6 COOMA VISITORS CENTRE Goulburn/Monaro NSW
1.2 BOMBALA AWS Goulburn/Monaro NSW
1.2 PERISHER VALLEY SKI CENTRE Snowy Mtns NSW
1.3 GOULBURN AIRPORT AWS Goulburn/Monaro NSW

Todays greatest temperature variations from normal

Maximum Minimum
+12.5   35.6 ESPERANCE SW & S Coast WA
+11.6   34.2 ONGERUP Gt Southern WA
+11.5   35.1 RAVENSTHORPE Gt Southern WA
+11.0   36.4 HYDEN Gt Southern WA
+10.9   34.7 LAKE GRACE POST OFFICE Gt Southern WA
+10.9   34.6 WANDERING COMPARISON Gt Southern WA
+10.9   36.5 GOOMALLING Cent Wheatbelt WA
+7.7   19.4 RAVENSTHORPE Gt Southern WA
+7.1   17.0 SALMON GUMS RES.STN. Goldfields WA
+6.8   15.1 BRIDGETOWN POST OFFICE SW & S Coast WA
+5.3   18.9 TIBOOBURRA POST OFFICE Far Northwest NSW
+4.7   17.3 BENCUBBIN Cent Wheatbelt WA
-4.4   27.5 ALYANGULA POLICE Arnhem NT
-4.2   27.9 CENTRE ISLAND Roper-McArthur NT
-3.9   27.0 GOVE AIRPORT Arnhem NT
-3.6   28.8 MANINGRIDA Arnhem NT
-2.8   31.1 LARRIMAH Roper-McArthur NT
-5.9   6.2 PARAFIELD AIRPORT Adelaide Plains SA
-5.6   2.7 TATURA INST SUSTAINABLE AG Upper North VIC
-5.0   9.0 PEARCE RAAF Lower West WA
-4.6   11.1 THREE RIVERS E Gascoyne WA
-4.6   6.0 CEDUNA AMO W Agricultural SA
-4.6   7.0 NULLARBOR ROADHOUSE W Agricultural SA

Highest wind gusts above 89km/h or mean wind above 62km/h (gale force). Wind direction and mean windspeed shown in brackets.

LOW ISLES LIGHTHOUSE N Coast--Barron QLD: 72 (140/ 63 ) at 00:30
MAATSUYKER ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE Southeast TAS: 87 (320/ 69 ) at 13:11
HARTZ MOUNTAIN(KEOGHS PIMPLE) Southeast TAS: 98 (250/ 78 ) at 08:30

Other extremes

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