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Sunday, 06 JAN 2002

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NSW bushfires continue
Hot in Victoria, western NSW
Record cold in WA
Storms in SW Qld
See special report on the NSW bushfires.

Daytime temperatures were 8 to 11 above normal in a band from the central Victorian coast to NW NSW today as hot dry winds were ducted southeastwards ahead of an active frontal/trough system. Wilcannia in NW NSW recorded the top temperature of 44, while it reached 36 in central Melbourne.

In southern WA it was a different story. A secondary low that skirted the southern coastline yesterday drew cold but dry air up from about 50S, dropping the freezing level to 6,000 feet across the state's southwest overnight. Clear skies and light winds under a ridge that nudged in behind the front dropped overnight temperatures 6 to 9 below average and set new January minimum temperature records at Dwellingup and Cunderdin (see below), though these have yet to be confirmed. 

An area of thunderstorms approximately 400km in diameter developed in SW Queensland this afternoon ahead of the same advancing trough. It persisted for the next 18 hours, moving only very slowly northwards. Heavy thunderstorms gave Mitchell 26mm in 6 hours to 3pm and Cunnamulla 33 and Quilpie 26mm in the 6 hours to 9pm. 

National weather extremes for today
Data provided by the Bureau of Meteorology
Last updated at 17:32 EDST on 07/01/02

Quality control note: Data is final. It includes late-received rainfall data and has been subject to BoM and AWN quality control checks. See Explanation of Extremes Pages for more information
Records set this day (previous record and years of computerised record shown in brackets):
Lowest daily minimum temperature for January:
Dwellingup Forestry WA: 6.0 (6.4, 41)
Cunderdin WA: 7.1 (8.8, 45)

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.

132.0 DILLALAH Warrego QLD
107.0 RUTHERGLEN Warrego QLD
105.0 WERRINA Warrego QLD
94.0 LOWAN HILLS Warrego QLD
88.0 ETON STATE WATER DEPOT Central Coast E QLD

WESTERN AUSTRALIA
    N Kimberley
57.0 DOONGAN

NORTHERN TERRITORY
    Roper-McArthur
73.6 BENMARA

QUEENSLAND
    N Peninsula
53.0 DIXIE
    Central Coast E
88.0 ETON STATE WATER DEPOT
79.4 HAMILTON ISLAND AIRPORT
61.2 WILSON BEACH
58.8 MOUNT ABERDEEN
56.0 MT DANGAR ALERT
54.0 MOUNT JUKES
53.0 MOUNT DANGAR
    Central Highlands
67.3 FAIRBAIRN DAM
67.0 GILLESPIE
55.4 MT PLAYFAIR
    Central West
54.0 ABERFOYLE
    Darling Downs E
58.4 WARRA-KOGAN ROAD BRIDGE
    Darling Downs W
58.8 SHELBOURNE
    Warrego
132.0 DILLALAH
107.0 RUTHERGLEN
105.0 WERRINA
94.0 LOWAN HILLS
70.8 MORVEN POST OFFICE
66.0 EVERSFIELD
    Far SW
60.0 SOUTH COMONGIN

NEW SOUTH WALES
    Upper Darling
61.0 WALGETT (DUNGALEAR)
    CW Plains S
50.0 ALECTOWN (GOONAHRA)
    C Tablelands S
57.0 WATTLE FLAT (KAINGA)

High rainfall for periods of 6 hours or less.


QUEENSLAND
    N Peninsula
COEN AIRPORT
36.0mm in 3 hr to 18:00 12.0mm/h
WEIPA AERO
19.0mm in 3 hr to 03:00 6.3mm/h
15.0mm in 3 hr to 06:00 5.0mm/h
    S Peninsula
LOCKHART RIVER AIRPORT
18.0mm in 3 hr to 15:00 6.0mm/h
    Upper Carpentaria
HUGHENDEN AIRPORT
21.0mm in 3 hr to 21:00 7.0mm/h
    Central Coast E
AYR DPI RESEARCH STN
17.0mm in 3 hr to 03:00 5.7mm/h
    Maranoa
ST GEORGE AIRPORT
8.4mm in 34 min to 16:00 14.8mm/h
    Warrego
CHARLEVILLE AERO
12.4mm in 1 hr to 23:30 12.4mm/h
    Far SW
QUILPIE AIRPORT
17.0mm in 3 hr to 21:00 5.7mm/h

NEW SOUTH WALES
    North Coast
CASINO AIRPORT AWS
13.0mm in 40 min to 15:00 19.5mm/h
17.8mm in 1 hr to 15:00 17.8mm/h
18.0mm in 3 hr to 15:00 6.0mm/h

Todays highest & lowest temperatures

Maximum Minimum
44.0 WILCANNIA AERODROME AWS Far Northwest NSW
43.7 TELFER AERO Interior WA
43.5 IVANHOE POST OFFICE Southwest Plains NSW
43.2 WILCANNIA (REID ST) Far Northwest NSW
43.1 MARREE NE Pastoral SA
29.0 DUM IN MIRRIE Darwin-Daly NT
29.0 BEDOURIE POLICE STATION Channel Country QLD
29.0 NORTHERN ENDEAVOUR Islands
28.2 BIRDSVILLE AIRPORT Channel Country QLD
28.0 NARAWILLI Arnhem NT
28.0 COCONUT ISLAND N Peninsula QLD
28.0 BIRDSVILLE POLICE STATION Channel Country QLD
28.0 KURI BAY N Kimberley WA
28.0 CAPE FOURCROY Islands
14.9 MOUNT READ W Coast TAS
16.6 STRATHGORDON VILLAGE W Coast TAS
16.7 MOOGARA (UXBRIDGE BACK ROAD) Derwent Valley TAS
16.7 CRADLE MOUNTAIN AIRSTRIP Central Plateau TAS
16.8 TARRALEAH CHALET Derwent Valley TAS
1.4 LAKE ST CLAIR NATIONAL PARK Central Plateau TAS
2.2 LIAWENEE AWS Central Plateau TAS
2.7 WARATAH (WILLIAM STREET) W Coast TAS
3.0 FINGAL (FORESTRY LEGGE STREET) E Coast TAS
3.0 TUNNACK FIRE STATION Southeast TAS

Todays greatest temperature variations from normal

Maximum Minimum
+11.4   37.0 LAVERTON RAAF W Central VIC
+11.0   34.1 PHILLIP ISLAND PENGUIN RESERVE E Central VIC
+10.3   35.9 MOORABBIN AIRPORT E Central VIC
+10.2   36.0 MELBOURNE REGIONAL OFFICE E Central VIC
+10.0   36.0 MELBOURNE AIRPORT E Central VIC
+8.1   27.0 COONAMBLE COMPARISON CW Plains N NSW
+6.7   23.0 EDINBURGH RAAF Adelaide Plains SA
+6.5   26.9 BREWARRINA HOSPITAL Upper Darling NSW
+6.0   24.4 TEXAS POST OFFICE Darling Downs E QLD
+5.6   18.8 LAMEROO Upper SE SA
+5.6   21.9 BARRABA POST OFFICE NW Slopes N NSW
-8.2   21.0 RAVENSTHORPE Gt Southern WA
-7.9   22.6 KADINA Yorke Peninsula SA
-7.7   26.2 KELLERBERRIN Cent Wheatbelt WA
-7.6   25.3 KYANCUTTA W Agricultural SA
-7.5   23.8 KIMBA W Agricultural SA
-10.3   7.1 CUNDERDIN Cent Wheatbelt WA
-9.7   6.8 MEDINA RESEARCH CENTRE Lower West WA
-9.5   3.7 FLINDERS ISLAND AIRPORT Flinders Is/Bass St TAS
-8.9   8.1 KELLERBERRIN Cent Wheatbelt WA
-8.2   6.0 DWELLINGUP FORESTRY SW & S Coast WA

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

DENILIQUIN AIRPORT AWS Riverina E NSW: 80 (240/ 63 ) at 20:05
YANAC CFA AWS Wimmera N VIC: 89 (300/ 63 ) at 19:06
MT HOTHAM AIRPORT Upper NE VIC: 109 (320/ 19 ) at 17:00
CAPE GRIM B.A.P.S. N Coast TAS: 78 (100/ 65 ) at 17:00

Other extremes

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