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Bushfires burn in NSW, VIC, QLD
Temperature records fall in WA, Lord Howe Island
Snow in TAS

Maximum (above) and minimum (below) temperature departures from normal today. BoM

Though temperatures have moderated somewhat, bushfires continue to be widespread in eastern NSW and VIC and SE QLD.

In NSW, 67 fires continue to burn along the coast and tablelands. Of 31 fires in the Northern Tablelands that have broken out in the past two weeks, 16 are still going. The largest are at Sandy Flat, SE of Tenterfield (5978ha), Henry River, ESE of Glen Innes (6875ha), and Capoompeta south of Tenterfield (5696ha). Other fires in the state's northeast are near Inverell (1), Kyogle (4), Copmanhurst (2), Nambucca (1), Hastings Valley (8), Great Lakes (4) and Dungog (1).

In the southern Hunter Valley, over 100 firefighters are working on a major blaze near Laguna, 25km SW of Cessnock, where three fires have joined into one firefront. Another 6 fires are burning in the area. 70 firefighters and 6 helicopters are waterbombing a large fire between Central Mangrove and the Jillaby Nature Reserve west of Gosford, and fires are also burning at Somersby, Lake Macquarie and Colo. In the Blue Mountains, a fire broke out about 4pm a few hundred meters from the major Scenicworld attraction causing both it and bushwalkers in nearby Jamieson Valley to be evacuated. Fires continue on the South Coast but are contained. Almost all of the fires are burning in bushland remote from property and in some cases inaccessible.

In VIC, 27 fires are burning of which the most threatening are 5 between Orbost and Cann River in East Gippsland. The Princes Highway remains closed, and Club Terrace had a close escape after wind-driven flames skirted the small settlement overnight. The main fire has consumed nearly 3,000ha. In QLD, five homes in Samson Vale, 30km NW of Brisbane, were threatened by a fire early this afternoon before the fire was extinguished by a thunderstorm this evening.

Maximum temperature records, albeit short ones, fell in northern WA and off the NSW coast today. Derby Airport recorded its hottest September day in 16 years of record, while Lord Howe Island, now experiencing the heatwave drifting off the continent, had its hottest September day on record in 15 years at the new airport site.

While states farther north battled bushfires, snow fell to around 600m in Tasmania today. There was 9cm of snow on the ground at Lake St Clair this morning, after 15mm (melted precipitation) fell overnight. Tarraleah Village reported a 9am snow depth of 2cm.

Sources: NSW RFS, Northern Daily Leader, ABC, News.com, SMH, Age, AAP

National weather extremes for today

Data provided by the Bureau of Meteorology

Records set this day (previous record and years of computerised record shown in brackets):
Highest daily maximum temperature for September:
Western Australia:
003032 DERBY AERO 42.1 (41.4, 16)
Islands:
200839 LORD HOWE ISLAND AERO 23.1 (22.8, 15)

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

42.1 DERBY AERO W Kimberley WA
41.9 WEST ROEBUCK W Kimberley WA
41.7 FITZROY CROSSING AERO W Kimberley WA
41.5 CURTIN AERO W Kimberley WA
40.6 MCARTHUR RIVER MINE N Rivers NT

+11.0   31.1 NEWCASTLE NOBBYS SIGNAL STATION AWS Hunter Valley NSW
+10.8   33.4 TAREE (RADIO STATION 2RE) MidNorth Coast S NSW
+10.7   31.8 WILLIAMTOWN RAAF Hunter Valley NSW
+10.3   35.6 AMBERLEY AMO Brisbane/SE Coast QLD
+10.3   33.8 OAKEY AERO Darling Downs E QLD

28.0 NORTHERN ENDEAVOUR Islands ISL
27.8 CENTURY MINE Gulf Country QLD
27.3 WARMUN E Kimberley WA
27.1 ARGYLE AERODROME E Kimberley WA
26.5 MCCLUER ISLAND N Rivers NT
26.5 CAMOOWEAL TOWNSHIP Northwest QLD

+12.2   20.0 INJUNE POST OFFICE Maranoa QLD
+12.0   20.7 TAMBO POST OFFICE Central Highlands QLD
+11.5   24.4 URANDANGIE Northwest QLD
+11.4   26.5 CAMOOWEAL TOWNSHIP Northwest QLD
+11.2   19.7 MILES POST OFFICE Darling Downs W QLD

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

-1.3 MT HOTHAM Upper NE VIC
-1.1 MOUNT WELLINGTON Southeast TAS
-0.2 MOUNT READ W Coast TAS
0.0 CHARLOTTE PASS (KOSCIUSKO CHALET) Snowy Mtns NSW
0.0 THREDBO AWS Snowy Mtns NSW
0.0 MT BAW BAW W Gippsland VIC

-6.1   4.0 LAKE ST CLAIR NATIONAL PARK Central Plateau TAS
-5.3   -1.1 MOUNT WELLINGTON Southeast TAS
-5.1   9.9 GEEVESTON (CEMETERY ROAD) Southeast TAS
-4.7   0.0 CHARLOTTE PASS (KOSCIUSKO CHALET) Snowy Mtns NSW
-4.5   18.0 NULLARBOR W Agricultural SA

-7.0 THREDBO VILLAGE Snowy Mtns NSW
-4.0 MT HOTHAM Upper NE VIC
-4.0 MOUNT WELLINGTON Southeast TAS
-3.0 THREDBO AWS Snowy Mtns NSW
-3.0 MOUNT BULLER Upper NE VIC

-6.5   -7.0 THREDBO VILLAGE Snowy Mtns NSW
-6.0   2.0 PEAK HILL POST OFFICE CW Plains S NSW
-5.1   1.0 JARRAHWOOD Lower West WA
-4.9   1.6 KELLERBERRIN Cent Wheatbelt WA
-4.6   3.7 JANDAKOT AERO Lower West WA

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.

47.6 FALLS CREEK (ROCKY VALLEY) Upper NE VIC
41.0 THREDBO VILLAGE Snowy Mtns NSW
36.8 STRATHGORDON (GORDON POWER STATION) W Coast TAS
36.6 STRATHGORDON VILLAGE W Coast TAS
36.2 GLENORCHY (GLENORCHY RESERVOIR) Southeast TAS

  Max+/- norm Min+/- normRain to 9am
BROOME AIRPORT 37.7 +5.9 23.2 +4.8 0.0
PERTH AIRPORT 21.9 +1.8 5.3 -3.6 0.0
ALBANY AIRPORT 14.8 -2.5 7.4 -0.6 0.6
KALGOORLIE-BOULDER AIRPORT 20.8 -1.4 7.7 -0.2 0.0
DARWIN AIRPORT 34.3 +1.8 25.0 +1.9 0.0
ALICE SPRINGS AIRPORT 33.2 +6.2 17.4 +7.2 0.0
ADELAIDE (KENT TOWN) 16.3 -2.5 11.3 +1.7 0.0
MOUNT GAMBIER AERO 13.4 -2.4 6.0 -0.2 3.6
CAIRNS AERO 30.1 +2.2 18.4 -0.2 0.0
TOWNSVILLE AERO 29.0 +1.3 20.7 +3.4 0.0
ROCKHAMPTON AERO 32.5 +5.3 17.3 +3.8 0.0
AMBERLEY AMO 35.6 +10.3 15.0 +5.6 0.0
BRISBANE AERO 26.9 17.2 0.0
ARMIDALE AIRPORT AWS 25.4 9.3 0.0
COFFS HARBOUR MO 28.8 +7.0 9.6 -1.3 0.0
NEWCASTLE NOBBYS SIGNAL STATION AWS 31.1 +11.0 15.8 +4.5 0.0
SYDNEY (OBSERVATORY HILL) 29.2 +9.3 18.8 +7.8 0.0
PROSPECT DAM 28.6 +7.6 14.2 +4.9 0.0
WOLLONGONG UNIVERSITY 27.8 +7.6 12.8 +2.2 0.0
CANBERRA AIRPORT 16.3 +0.3 10.7 +7.6 0.4
WAGGA WAGGA AMO 16.5 -0.9 9.8 +4.6 1.0
MILDURA AIRPORT 20.2 -0.1 5.5 -1.9 0.0
EAST SALE AIRPORT 16.3 -0.6 8.4 +2.8 0.4
MELBOURNE REGIONAL OFFICE 15.4 -1.8 9.2 +1.3 0.2
LAVERTON RAAF 14.7 -2.1 6.2 -0.4 1.0
BALLARAT AERODROME 10.1 -3.7 2.5 -2.4 3.8
LAUNCESTON AIRPORT 11.9 -2.2 3.2 -1.0 0.8
HOBART (ELLERSLIE ROAD) 12.5 -2.5 4.3 -2.1 19.8

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
    Brisbane/SE Coast
ARCHERFIELD AIRPORT
15.0mm in 3 hr to 21:00 5.0mm/h
BRISBANE
7.8mm in 19 min to 19:00 24.6mm/h
10.4mm in 1 hr to 19:30 10.4mm/h

SOUTH AUSTRALIA
    W Agricultural
NEPTUNE ISLAND : 78(250/ 63 ) at 17:00
NEW SOUTH WALES
    C Tablelands S
MOUNT BOYCE AWS : 95(260/ 52 ) at 12:27
    Snowy Mtns
THREDBO AWS : 98(300/ 63 ) at 00:00
VICTORIA
    Upper NE
MT HOTHAM : 91(310/ 54 ) at 01:00
    W Gippsland
WILSONS PROMONTORY LIGHTHOUSE : 111(270/ 65 ) at 07:20
KINGFISH B SHIP LOG 272 : 76(261/ 63 ) at 00:40
TASMANIA
    N Coast
CAPE GRIM B.A.P.S. : 95(270/ 67 ) at 01:00
    Southeast
MOUNT WELLINGTON : 95(260/ 61 ) at 04:15
ISLANDS
    Islands
HOGAN ISLAND : 115(270/ 83 ) at 01:00