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After the heatwave come extensive frosts in VIC, NSW
Calm, cooler weather helps firefighters in NSW, VIC

Minimum temperatures this morning (above) and departures from normal (below). Frosts generally occur with an air minimum measured in the screen below about 2C, so the grey and pink areas above broadly correspond to the area hit by frost this morning. BoM

The cold airmass that has gradually pushed heatwave conditions off the continent produced widespread and damaging frost-level temperatures across SE SA and most of NSW and VIC this morning. With light winds and clear skies, minima were 6 to 11 below average, with Kosciuszko Chalet at Charlotte Pass recording a low of -15.0 and nearby Perisher Valley setting a new September record for the station with a minimum of -12.5. Kerang in NW VIC also set a record with a low of 0.0, its coldest September morning in 40 years of record. Some light showers in the east overnight fell as snow at Omeo in VIC and Tidbinbilla in the ACT.

In the NSW Upper Hunter Valley, the late severe frosts wreaked havoc in some vineyards, though the damage appears to be patchy. One Denman grower reported 80% of his chardonnay crop ruined as a result of frost burning tender young shoots. The same patchy damage also affected chardonnay crops in the SA Riverland near Renmark, while vineyards around Orange NSW were also affected.

The frosts in the Central West of NSW took a heavy toll on canola crops. Col Mullin, District Agronomist at the Dubbo Department of Agriculture, told ABC Radio that the frost came at the worst possible time as the canola was going to seed. "Certainly from Parkes, Peak Hill, Tomingley, back up through Dubbo, Narromine, Wellington up to Gilgandra, there are some growers who have lost 100 per cent of their canola crops, others have lost a percentage and that's going to vary depending on how low the area was and that sort of thing," he said. "In fact, the severity of that frost was quite late in the season for us. Normally we don't get too many frosts after the middle of September, they can do a lot of damage to crops like canola."

In VIC, Goulburn and Murray Valley orchardists have seen this season's apricot crop devastated by frosts this morning. Some growers have had their entire crops of early apricots blackened, while there has also been damage to persimmons, peaches and plums. The Northern Victorian Fruitgrowers Association subsequently estimated that $15m in damage had been done.

Over 1,000 firefighters in NSW took advantage of calmer, cooler weather today to contain and backburn around the 75 fires still burning in the state. Six have been declared emergencies, and 12 on the Northern Tablelands which have been burning for two weeks continue to cause most concern because of their size and difficulty of containment. A major fire on the eastern side of the Comboyne Plateau southwest of Port Macquarie burnt through hundreds of hectares of state forest today, closing the Kew-Lorne-Comboyne Road.

Sources: ABC, Shepparton News, AAP, Port Macquarie News

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):
Lowest daily minimum temperature for September:
New South Wales:
071072 PERISHER VALLEY SKI CENTRE -12.5 (-12.2, 25)
Victoria:
080023 KERANG (POST OFFICE) 0.0 (0.3, 40)

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

41.7 MARBLE BAR E Pilbara WA
41.5 MARBLE BAR COMPARISON E Pilbara WA
40.4 CURTIN AERO W Kimberley WA
40.1 FITZROY CROSSING AERO W Kimberley WA
40.1 ROEBOURNE E Pilbara WA
40.1 ROEBOURNE AERO E Pilbara WA

+10.2   36.5 WILUNA Interior WA
+10.0   35.6 YEELIRRIE Goldfields WA
+9.2   37.6 CARNEGIE Interior WA
+9.0   33.8 LEONORA Goldfields WA
+8.8   34.3 MEEKATHARRA AIRPORT E Gascoyne WA

28.0 NORTHERN ENDEAVOUR Islands ISL
27.8 VICTORIA RIVER DOWNS N Rivers NT
27.3 WYNDHAM N Kimberley WA
27.3 ARGYLE AERODROME E Kimberley WA
27.2 BURKETOWN AIRPORT Gulf Country QLD

+9.6   26.4 WITTENOOM W Pilbara WA
+9.4   27.8 VICTORIA RIVER DOWNS N Rivers NT
+8.9   16.7 PAYNES FIND E Gascoyne WA
+8.9   26.5 BURKETOWN POST OFFICE Gulf Country QLD
+8.3   24.5 WOLLOGORANG N Rivers NT

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

-2.0 MT HOTHAM Upper NE VIC
0.0 MOUNT BULLER Upper NE VIC
0.4 FALLS CREEK Upper NE VIC
1.0 THREDBO AWS Snowy Mtns NSW
1.0 MOUNT READ W Coast TAS

-5.0   0.0 MOUNT BULLER Upper NE VIC
-5.0   14.5 RAVENSTHORPE Cent Wheatbelt WA
-4.8   13.0 ONGERUP Cent Wheatbelt WA
-4.2   12.6 MOUNT BARKER Lower West WA
-4.1   15.2 ESPERANCE Lower West WA

-23.7 ARMIDALE AIRPORT AWS N Tablelands W NSW
-15.0 CHARLOTTE PASS (KOSCIUSKO CHALET) Snowy Mtns NSW
-12.5 PERISHER VALLEY SKI CENTRE Snowy Mtns NSW
-9.2 MT HOTHAM Upper NE VIC
-9.0 THREDBO AWS Snowy Mtns NSW

-11.5   -15.0 CHARLOTTE PASS (KOSCIUSKO CHALET) Snowy Mtns NSW
-10.4   -12.5 PERISHER VALLEY SKI CENTRE Snowy Mtns NSW
-9.1   -5.5 NERRIGA COMPOSITE South Coast NSW
-8.5   -3.8 TENTERFIELD (FEDERATION PARK) N Tablelands W NSW
-8.3   -6.5 WOOLBROOK (DANGLEMAH ROAD) NW Slopes S 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.

76.0 THEDA N Kimberley WA
27.4 CRADLE MOUNTAIN VISITORS CENTRE Central Plateau TAS
23.0 KAROOLA (LOWER TURNERS MARSH) N Coast TAS
22.0 MOUNT BARNEY Brisbane/SE Coast QLD
21.2 APPILA Upper North SA

WESTERN AUSTRALIA
    N Kimberley
76.0 THEDA

SOUTH AUSTRALIA
    Upper North
21.2 APPILA

QUEENSLAND
    Brisbane/SE Coast
22.0 MOUNT BARNEY

TASMANIA
    N Coast
23.0 KAROOLA (LOWER TURNERS MARSH)
    Central Plateau
27.4 CRADLE MOUNTAIN VISITORS CENTRE

  Max+/- norm Min+/- normRain to 9am
BROOME AIRPORT 31.5 -0.3 21.0 +2.6 0.0
PERTH AIRPORT 27.8 +7.7 14.2 +5.3 0.0
ALBANY AIRPORT 13.3 -4.0 11.7 +3.7 0.0
KALGOORLIE-BOULDER AIRPORT 18.9 -3.3 14.6 +6.7 1.2
DARWIN AIRPORT 33.6 +1.1 25.4 +2.3 0.0
ALICE SPRINGS AIRPORT 30.1 +3.1 9.0 -1.2 0.0
ADELAIDE (KENT TOWN) 19.2 +0.4 4.4 -5.2 0.0
MOUNT GAMBIER AERO 15.4 -0.4 1.1 -5.1 0.0
CAIRNS AERO 30.5 +2.6 20.0 +1.4 0.0
TOWNSVILLE AERO 29.5 +1.8 19.3 +2.0 0.0
ROCKHAMPTON AERO 28.6 +1.4 18.2 +4.7 6.6
AMBERLEY AMO 24.4 -0.9 6.0 -3.4 0.0
BRISBANE AERO 22.1 12.7 0.0
ARMIDALE AIRPORT AWS 16.5 -23.7 0.0
COFFS HARBOUR MO 20.5 -1.3 9.2 -1.7 0.0
NEWCASTLE NOBBYS SIGNAL STATION AWS 17.4 -2.7 9.8 -1.5 0.0
SYDNEY (OBSERVATORY HILL) 18.5 -1.4 8.1 -2.9 0.0
PROSPECT DAM 18.7 -2.3 5.8 -3.5 0.0
WOLLONGONG UNIVERSITY 16.2 -4.0 8.2 -2.4 0.0
CANBERRA AIRPORT 13.0 -3.0 -2.4 -5.5 0.4
WAGGA WAGGA AMO 14.7 -2.7 -1.2 -6.4 0.4
MILDURA AIRPORT 21.3 +1.0 1.2 -6.2 0.0
EAST SALE AIRPORT 17.4 +0.5 0.1 -5.5 2.2
MELBOURNE REGIONAL OFFICE 16.7 -0.5 3.2 -4.7 3.4
LAVERTON RAAF 16.9 +0.1 0.5 -6.1 2.0
BALLARAT AERODROME 13.7 -0.1 -2.9 -7.8 2.2
LAUNCESTON AIRPORT 10.7 -3.4 -1.1 -5.3 0.0
HOBART (ELLERSLIE ROAD) 14.6 -0.4 3.0 -3.4 2.0

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.
No reports

WESTERN AUSTRALIA
    SW & S Coast
CAPE LEEUWIN : 76(110/ 65 ) at 05:00
QUEENSLAND
    Brisbane/SE Coast
CAPE MORETON LIGHTHOUSE : 76(140/ 67 ) at 04:00
NEW SOUTH WALES
    Snowy Mtns
THREDBO AWS : 80(320/ 67 ) at 19:00
VICTORIA
    W Gippsland
WILSONS PROMONTORY LIGHTHOUSE : 104(250/ 89 ) at 23:07
    W Coast
COLAC (MT GELLIBRAND) : 74(240/ 63 ) at 19:51
TASMANIA
    N Coast
CAPE GRIM B.A.P.S. : 93(260/ 65 ) at 21:00
    Southeast
MOUNT WELLINGTON : 93(320/ 72 ) at 18:31
ISLANDS
    Islands
HOGAN ISLAND : 85(270/ 78 ) at 22:06
LORD HOWE ISLAND AERO : 85(240/ 74 ) at 00:43