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Thursday, 12 DEC 2002

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Hot in SW WA and N Qld, cold in the Centre

Northerly winds ahead of a trough spread hot tropical air over all Western Australia today. Maximum temperatures were 39° or above across the state, with the exception of the far SE and parts of the west coastal fringe. The southwestern towns of Manjimup and Pemberton both recorded record tops of 40°, their highest December maxima in 43 years of computerised record, while Jarrahwood, 50km south of Bunbury, also captured a record with 39°. An unlikely record also appears to have been set at Kowanyama, which is on the western side of Cape York Peninsula at the same latitude as Cooktown, Qld. The station reported a maximum of 41° today, a 34 year December high. Kowanyama is 35km inland from the Gulf of Carpentaria, and surrounding stations seem to confirm that the day was sufficiently hot to produce the record.

After coming close to a December record cold morning yesterday, Alice Springs Airport recorded a minimum of 9.3 this morning, breaking the old record by 0.4 in a 61 year computer history.

National weather extremes for today
Data provided by the Bureau of Meteorology
Last updated at 13:38 UTC on 13/12/02

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 daily minimum temperature for December:
Alice Springs AP NT: 9.3 (9.7, 61)
Highest daily maximum temperature for December:
Manjimup WA: 40.0 (38.8, 43)
Pemberton WA: 40.0 (39.5, 43)
Jarrahwood WA: 39.0 (38.9, 25)
Kowanyama AP Qld: 41.0 (39.6, 34)

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.

63.2 MERLUNA N Peninsula QLD
58.0 BULAHDELAH POST OFFICE MidNorth Coast S NSW
53.0 CAPE DON Darwin-Daly NT
48.0 SALISBURY (BARRINGTON GUEST HOUSE) Hunter Valley NSW
47.8 MAINORU Roper-McArthur NT

NORTHERN TERRITORY
    Roper-McArthur
47.8 MAINORU
    Darwin-Daly
53.0 CAPE DON

QUEENSLAND
    N Peninsula
63.2 MERLUNA

NEW SOUTH WALES
    MidNorth Coast S
58.0 BULAHDELAH POST OFFICE
    Hunter Valley
48.0 SALISBURY (BARRINGTON GUEST HOUSE)

High rainfall for periods of 6 hours or less.


WESTERN AUSTRALIA
    N Kimberley
KALUMBURU
17.6mm in 1 hr to 13:00 17.6mm/h
18.0mm in 3 hr to 15:00 6.0mm/h

NORTHERN TERRITORY
    Darwin-Daly
CAPE DON
45.0mm in 3 hr to 03:00 15.0mm/h
53.0mm in 3 hr to 04:00 17.7mm/h
53.0mm in 3 hr to 05:00 17.7mm/h
27.0mm in 3 hr to 17:00 9.0mm/h
24.0mm in 3 hr to 19:00 8.0mm/h

QUEENSLAND
    Darling Downs E
WARWICK
60.2mm in 1 hr to 14:00 60.2mm/h
60.0mm in 3 hr to 15:00 20.0mm/h
60.0mm in 6 hr to 15:00 10.0mm/h

Todays highest & lowest temperatures

Maximum Minimum
44.0 MARBLE BAR COMPARISON E Pilbara WA
44.0 MARBLE BAR E Pilbara WA
43.5 CUNDERDIN AIRFIELD Cent Wheatbelt WA
43.4 TELFER AERO Interior WA
43.0 NORTHAM Cent Wheatbelt WA
43.0 YORK Cent Wheatbelt WA
43.0 BEVERLEY Gt Southern WA
30.2 WITTENOOM W Pilbara WA
29.0 NORTHERN ENDEAVOUR Islands
28.0 WYNDHAM AERO N Kimberley WA
27.8 BROOME AIRPORT W Kimberley WA
27.8 KARRATHA AERO E Pilbara WA
27.8 TROUGHTON ISLAND N Kimberley WA
4.9 MOUNT READ W Coast TAS
6.0 HARTZ MOUNTAIN(KEOGHS PIMPLE) Southeast TAS
6.6 CRADLE MOUNTAIN AIRSTRIP Central Plateau TAS
8.0 MOUNT WELLINGTON Southeast TAS
9.2 LAKE ST CLAIR NATIONAL PARK Central Plateau TAS
1.0 MT HOTHAM AIRPORT Upper NE VIC
1.3 MOUNT WELLINGTON Southeast TAS
2.0 MOUNT BULLER Upper NE VIC
2.5 THREDBO VILLAGE Snowy Mtns NSW
2.8 MOUNT READ W Coast TAS

Todays greatest temperature variations from normal

Maximum Minimum
+16.3   40.6 MOUNT BARKER SW & S Coast WA
+16.2   40.0 PEMBERTON SW & S Coast WA
+15.3   40.0 MANJIMUP SW & S Coast WA
+13.2   35.0 CAPE LEEUWIN SW & S Coast WA
+12.9   40.4 BRIDGETOWN POST OFFICE SW & S Coast WA
+9.8   25.0 WONGAN HILLS RES.STATION Central West WA
+9.4   25.2 MERREDIN Cent Wheatbelt WA
+9.1   25.0 CARNAMAH Central West WA
+9.0   24.4 GOOMALLING Cent Wheatbelt WA
+8.8   27.0 PAYNES FIND Murchison WA
-8.1   14.1 NOOJEE (SLIVAR) W Gippsland VIC
-8.1   9.2 LAKE ST CLAIR NATIONAL PARK Central Plateau TAS
-7.2   20.3 KEITH Upper SE SA
-7.2   17.5 STRATHBOGIE Lower NE VIC
-6.9   16.9 MOORABBIN AIRPORT E Central VIC
-10.9   9.3 ALICE SPRINGS AIRPORT Alice Springs NT
-9.1   7.0 PINDARI DAM NW Slopes N NSW
-8.6   15.4 WOLLOGORANG Roper-McArthur NT
-8.3   14.1 BIRDSVILLE POLICE STATION Channel Country QLD
-8.2   14.2 WINDORAH POST OFFICE Channel Country QLD
-8.2   9.0 TEXAS POST OFFICE Darling Downs E QLD

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

WILSONS PROMONTORY LIGHTHOUSE W Gippsland VIC: 82 (240/ 72 ) at 13:08
CAPE GRIM B.A.P.S. N Coast TAS: 85 (260/ 67 ) at 07:00
MAATSUYKER ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE Southeast TAS: 108 (310/ 85 ) at 22:52
MOUNT WELLINGTON Southeast TAS: 115 (240/ 91 ) at 08:02
CAPE BRUNY (CAPE BRUNY) Southeast TAS: 76 (250/ 67 ) at 12:31

Other extremes

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