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Thursday, 27 DEC 2001

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NSW bushfires continue
Record cold in the southeast
Downpour in Central Australia
See special report on the NSW bushfires.

Cold, dry southern air surging across Tasmania, Victoria and southern NSW yesterday allowed temperatures to drop to record levels overnight. Albury, Tocumwal, Narrandera and Wangaratta all reported their lowest minimum temperatures on record for December this morning, with temperatures 6 to 9 below normal across northern Victoria and southern inland NSW. Frost was widespread on the NSW Southwest Slopes and Southern Tablelands and in Victoria's Northeast, with Cooma Airport recording a low of -3.5.

Thunderstorms gave Giles Met Office, just over the WA border west of Alice Springs, their December average monthly rainfall in a few hours. 20.2mm fell in 23 minutes to 9.47pm in the first storm, and a second early on Friday morning topped up the 24 hour total to 38mm.

National weather extremes for today
Data provided by the Bureau of Meteorology
Last updated at 19:28 EDST on 28/12/01

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 maximum temperature for December:
Heron Island Res Stn Qld: 33.1 (32.8, 21)
Lowest daily minimum temperature for December:
Albury Airport NSW: 5.0 (5.3, 18)
Tocumwal Airport NSW: 5.1 (5.9, 31)
Narrandera Golf Club NSW: 4.4 (4.5, 32)
Wangaratta Airport Vic: 0.9 (2.6, 14)

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.

84.0 PALMERVILLE S Peninsula QLD
71.7 VANROOK STATION Gulf Country QLD
47.0 GIBB RIVER E Kimberley WA
46.0 PINE CREEK COUNCIL Darwin-Daly NT
35.0 HORN ISLAND N Peninsula QLD

WESTERN AUSTRALIA
    E Kimberley
47.0 GIBB RIVER

NORTHERN TERRITORY
    Darwin-Daly
46.0 PINE CREEK COUNCIL

QUEENSLAND
    N Peninsula
35.0 HORN ISLAND
    S Peninsula
84.0 PALMERVILLE
    Gulf Country
71.7 VANROOK STATION

High rainfall for periods of 6 hours or less.


WESTERN AUSTRALIA
    Interior
WARBURTON AIRFIELD
3.6mm in 2 min to 18:36 108.0mm/h
3.4mm in 2 min to 18:38 102.0mm/h
GILES METEOROLOGICAL OFFICE
20.2mm in 23 min to 21:47 52.7mm/h

NORTHERN TERRITORY
    Roper-McArthur
WOLLOGORANG
50.0mm in 3 hr to 20:30 16.7mm/h
    Darwin-Daly
DELAMERE WEAPONS RANGE
5.0mm in 13 min to 16:30 23.1mm/h

QUEENSLAND
    N Peninsula
COEN AIRPORT
24.0mm in 3 hr to 18:00 8.0mm/h
    S Peninsula
PALMERVILLE
64.0mm in 3 hr to 00:00 21.3mm/h
64.0mm in 6 hr to 03:00 10.7mm/h

Todays highest & lowest temperatures

Maximum Minimum
42.6 TELFER AERO Interior WA
42.0 CLONCURRY AIRPORT Gulf Country QLD
42.0 RICHMOND AIRPORT Upper Carpentaria QLD
41.6 CARNEGIE Interior WA
41.6 BRUNETTE DOWNS Barkly NT
29.8 BALGO HILLS Interior WA
29.5 ALYANGULA POLICE Arnhem NT
29.5 CENTRE ISLAND Roper-McArthur NT
29.5 ARCHERFIELD AIRPORT Brisbane/SE Coast QLD
29.1 ELCHO ISLAND Arnhem NT
29.1 SWEERS ISLAND Gulf Country QLD
3.4 MT HOTHAM Upper NE VIC
4.0 MOUNT BULLER Upper NE VIC
6.0 THREDBO (CRACKENBACK STATION) AWS Snowy Mtns NSW
7.2 FALLS CREEK Upper NE VIC
7.4 MOUNT WELLINGTON Southeast TAS
-4.2 MT HOTHAM Upper NE VIC
-4.0 THREDBO (CRACKENBACK STATION) AWS Snowy Mtns NSW
-3.8 FALLS CREEK Upper NE VIC
-3.5 COOMA AIRPORT AWS Goulburn/Monaro NSW
-3.0 MOUNT BULLER Upper NE VIC

Todays greatest temperature variations from normal

Maximum Minimum
+7.4   39.0 PROSERPINE AIRPORT Central Coast E QLD
+7.4   39.4 ROCKHAMPTON AERO Wide Bay/Burnett QLD
+7.1   40.6 COLLINSVILLE POST OFFICE Central Coast E QLD
+6.9   36.0 BUNDABERG AERO Wide Bay/Burnett QLD
+6.5   39.9 MORANBAH WATER TREATMENT PLANT Central Coast W QLD
+10.7   29.5 ARCHERFIELD AIRPORT Brisbane/SE Coast QLD
+6.5   24.7 PAYNES FIND Murchison WA
+5.2   27.0 PROSERPINE AIRPORT Central Coast E QLD
+4.8   28.0 BOWEN AIRPORT Central Coast E QLD
+4.7   29.8 BALGO HILLS Interior WA
+4.7   22.4 NORFOLK ISLAND AERO Islands
-10.2   4.0 MOUNT BULLER Upper NE VIC
-8.6   20.2 BENALLA (SHADFORTH STREET) Lower NE VIC
-8.2   22.0 COROWA AIRPORT Riverina E NSW
-8.1   6.0 THREDBO (CRACKENBACK STATION) AWS Snowy Mtns NSW
-8.0   16.7 STRATHBOGIE Lower NE VIC
-8.0   20.8 WANGARATTA AERO Lower NE VIC
-10.8   0.9 WANGARATTA AERO Lower NE VIC
-10.7   4.4 NARRANDERA GOLF CLUB Riverina E NSW
-10.4   0.6 NERRIGA COMPOSITE South Coast NSW
-10.4   1.0 RUTHERGLEN RESEARCH Lower NE VIC
-9.9   3.8 WAGGA WAGGA AMO SW Slopes S NSW

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

CENTRE ISLAND Roper-McArthur NT : 91 (120/ 76 ) at 21:27

Other extremes

Flood peak:
Diamantina at Diamantina Lakes Qld:
3.47m today with moderate flooding.