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Tuesday, 29 MAY 2001

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Cold nights set record lows in Queensland
Brief heavy rain around Sydney and in SW WA
Continuing cold clear nights across tropical northeastern Australia saw May minimum temperature records fall for two Queensland cities this morning. Gympie recorded a low of 1.0, 9.8 below average and 0.1 below its previous record in 36 years. Proserpine Airport, with only an 11 year period of record, also established a new low when the thermometer fell to 5.0, 11.5 below the May average.

An approaching low pressure system brought patchy but in places heavy rain to central and southwestern coastal areas in Western Australia today. Jurien, on the coast 180km north of Perth, recorded 56.2mm for the 24 hours to 9am Wednesday, while Geraldton Airport recorded 45.2. Most falls were lighter, though Busselton Airport recorded 39mm in 6 hours to noon. Unusually, the low hung about off the coast near Perth for several days, gradually weakening and finally losing its identity when it crossed coast north of the city on Thursday night. 

A Tasman Sea low continued to direct strong moist southeasterlies along the NSW Central Coast today. Heavy showers fell overnight and during the morning peak in central and eastern Sydney, with local flooding causing traffic problems. Both Sydney's Observatory Hill (at the southern end of the Sydney Harbour Bridge) and Rose Bay to the east recorded 87mm for the 24 hours to 9am, with Observatory Hill recording 35mm in 6 hours to 3am, then 54mm in 6 hours to noon. 

National weather extremes for today
Data provided by the Bureau of Meteorology
Last updated at 16:16 EDST on 31/05/01

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 (previous record and years of computerised record shown in brackets):
Lowest minimum temperature for May:
Proserpine Airport Qld: 5.0 (6.0, 11)
Gympie Qld: 1.0 (1.1, 36)

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.

87.0 SYDNEY (OBSERVATORY HILL) Sydney--east NSW
87.0 ROSE BAY (ROYAL SYDNEY GOLF CLUB) Sydney--east NSW
82.6 MOSMAN BAPAUME ROAD Sydney--east NSW
76.0 MILPERRA BRIDGE (GEORGES RIVER) Sydney--east NSW
76.0 COCOS ISLAND AIRPORT Islands

NEW SOUTH WALES
    Sydney--east
87.0 SYDNEY (OBSERVATORY HILL)
87.0 ROSE BAY (ROYAL SYDNEY GOLF CLUB)
82.6 MOSMAN BAPAUME ROAD
76.0 MILPERRA BRIDGE (GEORGES RIVER)
75.8 RANDWICK BOWLING CLUB
75.0 LITTLE BAY (THE COAST GOLF CLUB)
55.0 CHATSWOOD BOWLING CLUB
53.6 RIVERVIEW OBSERVATORY
51.6 BELROSE (GLEN STREET)
51.0 FRENCHS FOREST (FRENCHS FOREST RD)
50.0 SYDNEY AIRPORT AMO

ISLANDS
    Islands
76.0 COCOS ISLAND AIRPORT

High rainfall for periods of 6 hours or less.


WESTERN AUSTRALIA
    SW & S Coast
CAPE NATURALISTE
9.4mm in 18 min to 06:50 31.3mm/h

NEW SOUTH WALES
    Hunter Valley
NORAH HEAD AWS
13.0mm in 34 min to 10:00 22.9mm/h
    Sydney--east
SYDNEY AIRPORT AMO
10.8mm in 22 min to 09:52 29.5mm/h
SYDNEY (OBSERVATORY HILL)
24.0mm in 1 hr to 09:00 24.0mm/h

Todays highest & lowest temperatures

Maximum Minimum
33.7 BIDYADANGA W Kimberley WA
33.2 CURTIN AERO W Kimberley WA
33.0 MANDORA E Pilbara WA
32.5 WEST ROEBUCK W Kimberley WA
32.3 KURI BAY N Kimberley WA
27.0 NORTHERN ENDEAVOUR Islands
26.0 COCONUT ISLAND N Peninsula QLD
25.1 CHRISTMAS ISLAND AERO Islands
24.4 WILLIS ISLAND Islands
23.9 HORN ISLAND N Peninsula QLD
0.0 THREDBO (CRACKENBACK STATION) AWS Snowy Mtns NSW
1.7 MT HOTHAM Upper NE VIC
3.2 FALLS CREEK Upper NE VIC
3.5 PERISHER VALLEY SKI CENTRE Snowy Mtns NSW
4.2 CHARLOTTE PASS (KOSCIUSKO CHALET) Snowy Mtns NSW
-4.0 THREDBO (CRACKENBACK STATION) AWS Snowy Mtns NSW
-2.7 TUMBARUMBA POST OFFICE SW Slopes S NSW
-2.2 ROSS (THE BOULEVARDS) Midlands TAS
-2.2 MT HOTHAM Upper NE VIC
-2.0 NARACOORTE AERODROME Lower SE SA
-2.0 RUTHERGLEN RESEARCH Lower NE VIC

Todays greatest temperature variations from normal

Maximum Minimum
+6.1   26.4 HYDEN Gt Southern WA
+5.9   24.4 ONGERUP Gt Southern WA
+5.3   24.8 LAKE GRACE POST OFFICE Gt Southern WA
+5.1   24.5 CORRIGIN Gt Southern WA
+4.9   25.4 SOUTHERN CROSS Goldfields WA
+2.9   19.0 NORFOLK ISLAND AERO Islands
+2.8   18.9 ONSLOW W Pilbara WA
+2.5   10.6 DONNYBROOK SW & S Coast WA
+2.5   10.8 BURNIE (ROUND HILL) N Coast TAS
+2.2   19.0 ONSLOW AIRPORT W Pilbara WA
-9.1   8.0 WOOLBROOK (DANGLEMAH ROAD) NW Slopes S NSW
-7.1   12.0 MURRURUNDI POST OFFICE Hunter Valley NSW
-7.0   7.5 GUYRA HOSPITAL N Tablelands W NSW
-6.9   23.8 WARRUWI Arnhem NT
-11.5   5.0 PROSERPINE AIRPORT Central Coast E QLD
-10.4   6.0 AYR DPI RESEARCH STN Central Coast E QLD
-9.8   6.4 GEORGETOWN POST OFFICE Upper Carpentaria QLD
-9.8   1.0 GYMPIE Brisbane/SE Coast QLD
-9.4   2.7 BRIAN PASTURES Brisbane/SE Coast QLD

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

BADGINGARRA RESEARCH STN Lower West WA : 85 (290/ 67 ) at 13:31

Other extremes

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