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Sunday, 23 SEP 2001

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Heatwave continues in SA, Vic, NSW
Heavy rain in northern Tasmania
Both overnight and daytime temperatures today were 8 to 14 above the September average across most of South Australia and in western NSW and Victoria. Robe, on South Australia's southeast coast, broke its September temperature record by a long margin when the mercury rose to 26.6. The previous highest was 24.8 in 44 years of computer records. A weak cold front crossed southern SA during the day bringing some relief after 6 days of generally well above average temperatures. The greatest departures from normal during the day were in western Victoria, where Mildura Airport recorded a top of 34.2, 14 above. 

The warm, moist northwesterly flow ahead of the front brought a short period of heavy rain across northern Tasmania during the morning. Between midnight and 6am, Smithton Airport recorded 27mm, Wynyard Airport 42 and Sheffield 29, while Devonport Airport recorded 39mm between midnight and 9am. Wynyard Airport's 24 hour total of 51mm was the station's highest for September in nearly 30 years of record. The rainband lightened off as it moved east, but still gave Launceston 22mm between 3am and noon and Friendly Beaches on the NE coast 21mm between 6am and noon. 

National weather extremes for today
Data provided by the Bureau of Meteorology
Last updated at 12:12 EDST on 30/09/01

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):
Highest daily rainfall for September:
Wynyard Airport Tas: 51.0 (49.4, 29)
Highest daily maximum temperature for September:
Robe SA: 26.6 (24.8, 44)
Coonawarra SA: 29.0 (28.9, 12)
Weeaproinah Vic: 21.4 (21.2, 15)

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.

51.0 WYNYARD AIRPORT N Coast TAS
46.2 PREOLENNA
46.0 LATROBE (COAL ROAD) N Coast TAS
43.0 ULVERSTONE (KNIGHTS ROAD) N Coast TAS
43.0 STANLEY (MARINE PARADE) N Coast TAS

TASMANIA
   
46.2 PREOLENNA
    N Coast
51.0 WYNYARD AIRPORT
46.0 LATROBE (COAL ROAD)
43.0 ULVERSTONE (KNIGHTS ROAD)
43.0 STANLEY (MARINE PARADE)

High rainfall for periods of 6 hours or less.


TASMANIA
    N Coast
WYNYARD AIRPORT
26.0mm in 3 hr to 06:00 8.7mm/h
DEVONPORT AIRPORT
21.0mm in 3 hr to 06:00 7.0mm/h
CAPE GRIM B.A.P.S.
16.0mm in 3 hr to 03:00 5.3mm/h
SHEFFIELD SCHOOL FARM
19.0mm in 3 hr to 06:00 6.3mm/h
SMITHTON AERODROME
18.0mm in 3 hr to 03:00 6.0mm/h
    W Coast
STRAHAN AERODROME
15.0mm in 3 hr to 09:00 5.0mm/h
    King Island
KING ISLAND AIRPORT
18.0mm in 3 hr to 00:00 6.0mm/h

Todays highest & lowest temperatures

Maximum Minimum
39.0 WYNDHAM AERO N Kimberley WA
39.0 FITZROY CROSSING AERO W Kimberley WA
38.6 CADJEBUT W Kimberley WA
38.4 TIMBER CREEK Victoria NT
38.4 KIMBERLEY RES.STATION E Kimberley WA
26.0 MCCLUER ISLAND Darwin-Daly NT
26.0 DUM IN MIRRIE Darwin-Daly NT
26.0 COCONUT ISLAND N Peninsula QLD
25.8 WARRUWI Arnhem NT
25.7 TROUGHTON ISLAND N Kimberley WA
8.4 MOUNT WELLINGTON Southeast TAS
9.8 MT HOTHAM Upper NE VIC
10.0 THREDBO (CRACKENBACK STATION) AWS Snowy Mtns NSW
11.0 FALLS CREEK Upper NE VIC
11.4 MOOGARA (UXBRIDGE BACK ROAD) Derwent Valley TAS
11.4 STRATHGORDON VILLAGE W Coast TAS
-0.1 WOOLBROOK (DANGLEMAH ROAD) NW Slopes S NSW
0.5 GUYRA HOSPITAL N Tablelands W NSW
1.6 ARMIDALE (UNI NEW ENGLAND) N Tablelands W NSW
1.9 THREDBO VILLAGE Snowy Mtns NSW
2.0 MELTON MOWBRAY(NORTH STOCKMAN) Southeast TAS

Todays greatest temperature variations from normal

Maximum Minimum
+14.2   33.5 WALPEUP RESEARCH Mallee N VIC
+14.0   34.2 MILDURA AIRPORT Mallee N VIC
+13.9   31.4 HORSHAM (POLKEMMETT) Wimmera S VIC
+13.7   36.0 WOOMERA AERODROME NW Pastoral SA
+13.2   33.3 OUYEN (POST OFFICE) Mallee N VIC
+13.8   20.0 KYANCUTTA W Agricultural SA
+13.3   19.9 OUYEN (POST OFFICE) Mallee N VIC
+13.2   21.0 CEDUNA AMO W Agricultural SA
+12.7   19.9 BALRANALD RSL Southwest Plains NSW
+12.2   18.5 DENILIQUIN POST OFFICE Riverina E NSW
-5.0   11.8 MOUNT BARKER SW & S Coast WA
-4.3   17.5 SOUTHERN CROSS Goldfields WA
-3.9   27.9 BROOME AIRPORT W Kimberley WA
-3.8   22.0 MURCHISON W Gascoyne WA
-3.7   21.8 MEEKATHARRA AIRPORT Murchison WA
-3.7   13.6 ALBANY AIRPORT SW & S Coast WA
-3.7   14.0 ONGERUP Gt Southern WA
-3.7   21.9 YEELIRRIE Goldfields WA
-3.9   2.8 POLDA (GUM VIEW) W Agricultural SA
-3.2   0.5 GUYRA HOSPITAL N Tablelands W NSW
-2.7   5.2 PAYNES FIND Murchison WA
-2.6   6.9 WINDY HARBOUR SW & S Coast WA
-2.5   6.9 MURCHISON W Gascoyne WA

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

CAPE LEEUWIN SW & S Coast WA : 74 (220/ 63 ) at 06:53

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