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WA warmth contracts to the SE
Drought continues to cover most of NSW

Whilst daytime temperatures remained well above average today across most of WA apart from the Central Coast, the huge anomalies of the past week contracted to the far southeastern corner today. Eucla and Eyre recorded tops in the mid 30s, 13 above average, while Nullarbor and Ceduna on the SA west coast were both around 10 above. The warm conditions were felt in Victoria, too, where both East Sale and Laverton, west of Melbourne, recorded tops of 25°, 8 above average. Minima this morning were 4 to 8 above normal across most of the southwestern half of WA.

The NSW Department of Agriculture released figures today that show that 92% of NSW is still in drought. Recent rain along the coast and on the northwest slopes and plains has improved that figure from just under 100% at the beginning of April. There has been an increase in stock deaths in the state's southwest, with cows with calves the worst affected.

National weather extremes for today

Data provided by the Bureau of Meteorology

Records set this day: (none known)

Quality control note: Data is final. It includes late-received rainfall data and has been subject to BoM quality control checks.
Data is as received at 13:38EST, 03/03/2004.

Weather observations for today
Noteworthy  Weather         Capital  Cities         Regional  Cities       Alpine  Stations
Bureau of Meteorology Rainfall Bulletins and Weather Notes

Hottest
Highest maximum temperature>Greatest variation above normal maximum Highest minimum temperatureGreatest variation above normal minimum

36.4 BIDYADANGA W Kimberley WA
35.4 PARDOO STATION E Pilbara WA
35.3 WEST ROEBUCK W Kimberley WA
35.3 PANNAWONICA W Pilbara WA
35.2 MARDIE W Pilbara WA

+12.8   33.8 EUCLA Eucla WA
+12.6   33.8 EYRE Eucla WA
+10.5   32.0 NULLARBOR W Agricultural SA
+9.7   30.5 CEDUNA AMO W Agricultural SA
+8.3   25.0 LAVERTON RAAF W Central VIC

26.1 TROUGHTON ISLAND N Kimberley WA
26.0 MCCLUER ISLAND N Rivers NT
26.0 NORTHERN ENDEAVOUR Islands ISL
25.6 COCOS ISLAND AIRPORT Islands ISL
25.4 THEVENARD ISLAND W Pilbara WA

+8.1   19.5 MURCHISON W Gascoyne WA
+7.8   15.8 BEVERLEY Cent Wheatbelt WA
+7.3   23.4 NYANG STATION W Gascoyne WA
+7.2   14.8 CORRIGIN Cent Wheatbelt WA
+7.2   15.5 YEELIRRIE Goldfields WA

Coldest
Lowest maximum temperatureGreatest variation below normal maximum Lowest minimum temperatureGreatest variation below normal minimum

7.6 MOUNT WELLINGTON Southeast TAS
8.0 MOUNT BULLER Upper NE VIC
8.2 MT HOTHAM Upper NE VIC
9.3 FALLS CREEK Upper NE VIC
9.5 CHARLOTTE PASS (KOSCIUSKO CHALET) Snowy Mtns NSW

-3.4   20.0 MULLEWA Central West WA
-3.3   21.2 GYMPIE Brisbane/SE Coast QLD
-3.1   22.6 KALBARRI Central West WA
-3.0   20.9 GERALDTON AIRPORT Central West WA
-2.8   24.6 COLLINSVILLE POST OFFICE Central Coast E QLD

-46.4 CAPE JAFFA (CURLEY HILLS) Lower SE SA
-4.0 CHARLOTTE PASS (KOSCIUSKO CHALET) Snowy Mtns NSW
-1.8 COOMA VISITORS CENTRE Goulburn/Monaro NSW
-1.6 HOLSWORTHY CONTROL RANGE Sydney--west NSW
-1.6 GOULBURN AIRPORT AWS Goulburn/Monaro NSW

-6.0   -1.0 GLEN INNES AG RESEARCH STN N Tablelands W NSW
-4.0   -0.5 BATHURST AGRICULTURAL STATION C Tablelands S NSW
-3.9   4.1 BATEMANS BAY (CATALINA COUNTRY CLUB) South Coast NSW
-3.9   1.0 GOULBURN (PROGRESS ST) Goulburn/Monaro NSW
-3.8   0.5 NERRIGA COMPOSITE South Coast NSW

Wettest Major City Extremes
Todays highest rainfall totals for the 24 hours to 9am. It includes the top 5 totals nationally followed by all reported falls of 50mm or more.

71.0 BELLENDEN KER TOP STN N Coast--Barron QLD
59.4 DARADGEE N Coast--Herbert QLD
52.0 TREE HOUSE CREEK N Coast--Barron QLD
50.0 BABINDA SUGAR MILL N Coast--Barron QLD
48.0 GRAHAM RANGE N Coast--Barron QLD

QUEENSLAND
    N Coast--Barron
71.0 BELLENDEN KER TOP STN
52.0 TREE HOUSE CREEK
50.0 BABINDA SUGAR MILL
48.0 GRAHAM RANGE
    N Coast--Herbert
59.4 DARADGEE

  Max+/- norm Min+/- normRain to 9am
BROOME AIRPORT 34.1 +2.6 21.3 +3.1 0.0
PERTH AIRPORT 22.3 +0.7 13.9 +3.5 0.0
ALBANY AIRPORT 21.6 +2.7 10.5 +0.7 0.0
KALGOORLIE-BOULDER AIRPORT 27.1 +6.5 13.7 +5.1 0.0
DARWIN AIRPORT 33.4 +1.4 23.8 +1.7 0.0
ALICE SPRINGS AIRPORT 26.7 +3.7 6.2 -2.1 0.0
ADELAIDE (KENT TOWN) 24.0 +5.1 8.9 -1.3 0.0
MOUNT GAMBIER AERO 22.6 +6.5 6.6 -0.7 0.0
CAIRNS AERO 27.0 -0.6 19.6 -0.2 6.8
TOWNSVILLE AERO 29.5 +1.9 16.9 -0.7 0.0
ROCKHAMPTON AERO 26.5 +0.6 16.4 +2.2 0.0
AMBERLEY AMO 24.5 +0.6 8.6 -1.6 0.0
BRISBANE AERO 23.7 13.4 0.2
ARMIDALE AIRPORT AWS 17.1 4.3 0.2
COFFS HARBOUR MO 22.2 +0.9 11.5 -0.3 0.0
NEWCASTLE NOBBYS SIGNAL STATION AWS 24.0 +4.1 12.0 +0.1 0.0
SYDNEY (OBSERVATORY HILL) 24.9 +5.6 12.2 +0.7 0.0
PROSPECT DAM 24.2 +4.1 8.7 -1.5 0.0
WOLLONGONG UNIVERSITY 24.1 +4.1 10.8 -1.1 0.2
CANBERRA AIRPORT 19.8 +4.4 1.5 -1.7 0.0
WAGGA WAGGA AMO 23.7 +6.5 6.0 0.0 0.0
MILDURA AIRPORT 25.1 +6.2 8.9 +1.4 0.0
EAST SALE AIRPORT 24.5 +7.7 4.6 -1.7 0.0
MELBOURNE REGIONAL OFFICE 23.9 +7.3 11.9 +3.3 0.0
LAVERTON RAAF 25.0 +8.3 11.0 +3.3 0.0
BALLARAT AERODROME 21.0 +7.4 6.9 +1.1 0.0
LAUNCESTON AIRPORT 17.2 +3.2 5.3 +0.7 0.0
HOBART (ELLERSLIE ROAD) 16.6 +2.2 11.1 +4.2 0.0

Downpours Gales & Gusts
High rainfall for periods of 6 hours or less. Highest wind gusts above 89km/h (storm force) or mean wind above 62km/h (gale force). Wind direction and mean windspeed shown in brackets.
QUEENSLAND
    Central Coast E
MACKAY MO
10.8mm in 28 min to 08:00 23.1mm/h
13.8mm in 1 hr to 08:00 13.8mm/h
19.0mm in 3 hr to 09:00 6.3mm/h

TASMANIA
    Southeast
MOUNT WELLINGTON : 85(260/ 63 ) at 03:30