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Thursday, 26 JUL 2001

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Heavy dry-season rain in central and southern Qld, central and eastern NSW
Temperature extremes in SW WA
A cloudmass east of a surface trough lying from central Queensland to the NSW South Coast became active late yesterday giving widespread general rain and a few embedded thunderstorms. Mungindi, on the NSW/Qld border 100km northwest of Moree, recorded 71.5mm to 9am, its heaviest 24 hour July total in 112 years. Thallon, 40km north, recorded 93.4mm, while many locations in inland southern Queensland and across the border on the NSW northern plains recorded 50mm or more. Rain spread east to the Queensland south coast and farther southeast into NSW during the day as a surface low, which developed early morning near Mungindi, moved slowly southeast. Rainfall details are below, and in the 24-hour rainfall section for 27 July. Much of the rain fell steadily over 12 to 24 hours, giving the area a much-needed soaking after an unusually dry June. Runoff in the Gwydir catchment was sufficient to bring river levels close to minor flood stage, while in Tamworth water entered two homes after a heavy downpour and the Newell Highway north of Moree was closed briefly by flooding. 

Clear skies and low humidity produced unusually wide-ranging temperatures across southwestern WA today. While overnight minima away from the coast were 4 to 6 below normal, daytime temperatures were 4 to 8 above. At Perth Airport, the temperature ranged from a low of 5.6 to a high of 24.7, the range of 19.1 breaking the previous July record of 18.5 set in 1982. 

National weather extremes for today
Data provided by the Bureau of Meteorology
Last updated at 23:00 EDST on 27/07/01

Quality control note: Data is not yet complete. It is as received in real time, and may contain errors. See Explanation of Extremes Pages for more information
Records set this day (previous record and years of computerised record shown in brackets):
Highest daily rainfall for July:
Mungindi PO NSW: 71.5 (69.9, 112)

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.

93.4 THALLON POST OFFICE Darling Downs W QLD
71.5 MUNGINDI POST OFFICE NW Plains W NSW
64.4 MOREE AUTOSONDE NW Plains E NSW
64.4 BELLATA POST OFFICE NW Plains E NSW
64.2 MOREE AERO NW Plains E NSW

QUEENSLAND
    Central Highlands
54.0 WHARTON CREEK STATION
52.4 WYSEBY
50.6 TAMBO POST OFFICE
50.0 MT PLAYFAIR
    Darling Downs W
93.4 THALLON POST OFFICE
61.2 NINDIGULLY TM
52.0 SURREY TM
51.0 HARTMANN BRIDGE TM
50.8 ARDEN DOWNS TM
    Maranoa
63.6 HAVELOCK
60.0 TABERS TM
57.0 BENDOBA TM
56.4 MITCHELL POST OFFICE
53.2 ROMA AIRPORT
52.0 OLD CASHMERE TM
50.6 SURAT POST OFFICE
50.6 DALMALLY
50.2 GARRABARRA
50.0 TINDARRA TM
    Warrego
58.8 MUNGALLALA
54.2 NIVE DOWNS
51.0 WETLANDS

NEW SOUTH WALES
    CW Plains N
50.4 NYNGAN (MUDALL)
    NW Plains W
71.5 MUNGINDI POST OFFICE
    NW Plains E
64.4 MOREE AUTOSONDE
64.4 BELLATA POST OFFICE
64.2 MOREE AERO
    Illawarra
60.0 BELLAMBI AWS
57.5 WOLLONGONG POST OFFICE

High rainfall for periods of 6 hours or less.

Reports not yet complete. Data only available from 7pm EST

WESTERN AUSTRALIA
    SW & S Coast
MANDURAH
20.8mm in 52 min to 20:52 24.0mm/h
21.0mm in 3 hr to 21:00 7.0mm/h

QUEENSLAND
    Wide Bay/Burnett
LADY ELLIOT ISLAND
23.0mm in 3 hr to 21:00 7.7mm/h
SANDY CAPE LIGHTHOUSE
25.0mm in 3 hr to 21:00 8.3mm/h
    Brisbane/SE Coast
CAPE MORETON LIGHTHOUSE
5.8mm in 15 min to 20:15 23.2mm/h
20.0mm in 3 hr to 21:00 6.7mm/h
12.4mm in 15 min to 21:09 49.6mm/h
DOUBLE ISLAND POINT LIGHTHOUSE
17.0mm in 3 hr to 21:00 5.7mm/h
MARYBOROUGH
15.0mm in 3 hr to 21:00 5.0mm/h
ARCHERFIELD AIRPORT
7.4mm in 21 min to 20:24 21.1mm/h
10.0mm in 1 hr to 21:00 10.0mm/h
18.0mm in 3 hr to 21:00 6.0mm/h
GOLD COAST SEAWAY
10.8mm in 27 min to 21:27 24.0mm/h
10.0mm in 33 min to 22:00 18.2mm/h
20.8mm in 1 hr to 22:00 20.8mm/h
BRISBANE
15.0mm in 3 hr to 21:00 5.0mm/h

NEW SOUTH WALES
    North Coast
CASINO AIRPORT AWS
15.6mm in 1 hr to 22:00 15.6mm/h
    Hunter Valley
GOSFORD (NARARA RESEARCH STATION) AWS
13.2mm in 30 min to 23:30 26.4mm/h
    South Coast
BEGA AWS
13.2mm in 36 min to 20:00 22.0mm/h
19.0mm in 3 hr to 21:00 6.3mm/h

ISLANDS
    Islands
WILLIS ISLAND
12.4mm in 1 hr to 20:30 12.4mm/h
22.0mm in 3 hr to 21:00 7.3mm/h

Todays highest & lowest temperatures

Maximum Minimum
31.7 WEIPA AERO N Peninsula QLD
30.9 COEN AIRPORT N Peninsula QLD
30.5 HORN ISLAND N Peninsula QLD
30.5 MUSGRAVE S Peninsula QLD
30.4 OENPELLI Darwin-Daly NT
26.0 NORTHERN ENDEAVOUR Islands
25.0 COCONUT ISLAND N Peninsula QLD
23.0 MCCLUER ISLAND Darwin-Daly NT
23.0 HORN ISLAND N Peninsula QLD
23.0 CHRISTMAS ISLAND AERO Islands
1.0 THREDBO (CRACKENBACK STATION) AWS Snowy Mtns NSW
3.0 PERISHER VALLEY SKI CENTRE Snowy Mtns NSW
3.2 CHARLOTTE PASS (KOSCIUSKO CHALET) Snowy Mtns NSW
3.9 MT HOTHAM Upper NE VIC
4.6 MOUNT READ W Coast TAS
-4.3 LIAWENEE AWS Central Plateau TAS
-3.1 ROSS (THE BOULEVARDS) Midlands TAS
-2.6 MT HOTHAM AIRPORT Upper NE VIC
-2.1 LAKE LEAKE (ELIZABETH RIVER) E Coast TAS
-2.0 CRESSY RESEARCH STATION AWS N Coast TAS
-2.0 TUNNACK FIRE STATION Southeast TAS
-2.0 OUSE FIRE STATION Derwent Valley TAS

Todays greatest temperature variations from normal

Maximum Minimum
+8.0   22.8 ONGERUP Gt Southern WA
+7.8   27.1 ENEABBA Central West WA
+7.5   23.6 HYDEN Gt Southern WA
+7.5   22.0 KATANNING POST OFFICE Gt Southern WA
+7.4   22.7 LAKE GRACE POST OFFICE Gt Southern WA
+7.4   22.6 WAGIN Gt Southern WA
+10.0   13.0 OAKEY AERO Darling Downs E QLD
+9.4   15.4 GAYNDAH POST OFFICE Wide Bay/Burnett QLD
+9.0   16.1 BRIAN PASTURES Brisbane/SE Coast QLD
+8.9   9.0 COONABARABRAN (NAMOI STREET) CW Slopes N NSW
+8.4   9.6 TENTERFIELD (WOOD ST) N Tablelands W NSW
-9.0   14.0 ROLLESTON METEOR ST Central Highlands QLD
-8.2   14.7 CLERMONT POST OFFICE Central Highlands QLD
-8.2   14.9 BARALABA POST OFFICE Wide Bay/Burnett QLD
-7.5   13.2 TAROOM POST OFFICE Central Highlands QLD
-7.4   14.6 SPRINGSURE DAME ST Central Highlands QLD
-8.2   0.7 MOUNT ISA AERO Gulf Country QLD
-6.9   3.7 BRUNETTE DOWNS Barkly NT
-6.4   0.0 PARAFIELD AIRPORT Adelaide Plains SA
-6.3   -0.9 NORTHAM Cent Wheatbelt WA
-6.1   1.7 ELLISTON 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.

Reports not yet complete. Data only available from 7pm EST

BYRON BAY (CAPE BYRON LIGHTHOUSE) North Coast NSW: 83 ( 60/ 65 ) at 21:28

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