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Temperature records fall as wintry blast hits TAS, VIC, SA
Bleak day in TAS

Temperature records fall as wintry blast hits TAS, VIC, SA

The late-season blast of cold air from well south of the continent that gave low level snow to TAS yesterday moved north overnight, breaking October low temperature records in three states. In Adelaide, the minimum reading of 4.7 was the coldest since 3.3 was recorded at the old West Terrace site on 24 October 1951, and was the lowest on record at the new Kent Town Bureau site which has operated since 1977. Adelaide Airport also set a new record, with 3.1 being its coldest October minimum since records began in 1955.

Other areas to experience an unusually cold start to the day were the central NT, central and western VIC, the NSW Riverina and coastal TAS. New records were set in TAS at Wynyard Airport, Fingal, Scamander and Bicheno, though, with the exception of Bicheno, these stations have only 15 to 20 years of observations. At Bicheno, however, the new record of 0.7 significantly undercut the old one of 1.6 in 28 years of record. The central VIC town of Maryborough also set a new record for October cold, its reading of -0.4 the coldest in 39 years of record-keeping. See the Records and Coldest sections below for more details.

Bleak day in TAS

Strong winds, low temperatures and light snowfalls down to below 300m asl produced an unseasonably bleak day in TAS. Although the southwesterly stream was fairly dry, there were moderate snow accumulations on the Central Plateau overnight with 13cm on the ground at 9am at Lake St Clair, 10 at Tarraleah Village, and 6 at Cradle Valley Airfield. Farther east, though it was cold enough to snow, the airstream dried after its descent from the Plateau and only light snow was reported by Bureau observers during the day at Palmers Lookout near Port Arthur, Maydena in the upper Derwent Valley, and Lake Leake in the northeast, as well as from the Central Plateau stations. There were light dustings of snow in higher Hobart suburbs on the slopes of Mt Wellington down to around 250m. Windchills atop Mt Wellington hovered in the -20s during the day, with temperatures ranging between -2 and -5 and winds averaging 50 to 60km/h and gusting to 100.

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 October:
South Australia:
023034 ADELAIDE AIRPORT 3.1 (3.2, 49)
023090 ADELAIDE (KENT TOWN) 4.7 (4.9, 26)
Victoria:
088043 MARYBOROUGH -0.4 (-0.2, 39)
Tasmania:
091107 WYNYARD AIRPORT -1.4 (-1.2, 16)
092003 BICHENO (COUNCIL DEPOT) 0.7 (1.6, 28)
092012 FINGAL (LEGGE STREET) -3.8 (-3.1, 17)
092094 SCAMANDER 0.1 (0.4, 20)

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

41.6 WYNDHAM AERO N Kimberley WA
38.9 ROEBOURNE E Pilbara WA
38.8 GASCOYNE JUNCTION W Gascoyne WA
38.7 ROEBOURNE AERO E Pilbara WA
38.5 PANNAWONICA W Pilbara WA

+11.0   33.3 LANCELIN Lower West WA
+10.7   35.1 GERALDTON AIRPORT Central West WA
+10.4   36.5 ENEABBA Central West WA
+9.9   33.0 JURIEN BAY Lower West WA
+8.4   34.3 CARNAMAH Central West WA

26.0 WARRUWI N Rivers NT
25.9 COCONUT ISLAND N Peninsula QLD
25.8 HORN ISLAND N Peninsula QLD
25.6 LOCKHART RIVER AIRPORT S Peninsula QLD
25.5 KURI BAY N Kimberley WA

+6.0   17.4 ENEABBA Central West WA
+5.4   16.3 PAYNES FIND E Gascoyne WA
+5.1   15.4 CARNAMAH Central West WA
+4.5   17.6 CASINO AIRPORT North Coast NSW
+4.4   19.3 MEEKATHARRA AIRPORT E Gascoyne WA
+4.4   23.0 MUSGRAVE S Peninsula QLD

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

-1.0 MOUNT BULLER Upper NE VIC
-1.0 MT BAW BAW W Gippsland VIC
-0.6 MOUNT READ W Coast TAS
-0.5 MOUNT WELLINGTON Southeast TAS
0.5 MT HOTHAM Upper NE VIC

-10.4   5.2 MAYDENA POST OFFICE Derwent Valley TAS
-10.0   3.5 TARRALEAH VILLAGE Derwent Valley TAS
-9.7   3.0 LAKE ST CLAIR NATIONAL PARK Central Plateau TAS
-9.6   15.9 LAKE CARGELLIGO AIRPORT Riverina W NSW
-8.9   17.5 ARKAROOLA NE Pastoral SA

-8.4 MT HOTHAM Upper NE VIC
-7.0 MOUNT BULLER Upper NE VIC
-6.9 FALLS CREEK Upper NE VIC
-5.8 MOUNT WELLINGTON Southeast TAS
-5.0 THREDBO AWS Snowy Mtns NSW
-5.0 MT BAW BAW W Gippsland VIC

-9.4   12.0 DALY WATERS AWS N Rivers NT
-8.8   15.2 KATHERINE AVIATION MUSEUM N Rivers NT
-8.8   -3.8 FINGAL (LEGGE STREET) E Coast TAS
-8.7   -2.1 CASTLEMAINE PRISON N Central VIC
-8.0   2.0 EDINBURGH RAAF Adelaide/Lofty SA
-8.0   -1.0 NHILL Wimmera N VIC
-8.0   -1.2 LONGERENONG Wimmera S VIC
-8.0   -1.9 ARARAT PRISON Western Plains VIC
-8.0   0.1 SCAMANDER E Coast TAS

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.

36.0 MARLOW LAGOON - FLOCKHART DVE N Rivers NT
34.0 EUNGELLA NATIONAL PARK Central Coast E QLD
31.0 LEADERS CREEK N Rivers NT
30.0 CREDITON Central Coast E QLD
25.2 KALUMBURU N Kimberley WA

  Max+/- norm Min+/- normRain to 9am
BROOME AIRPORT 34.1 +1.3 20.8 -1.5 0.0
PERTH AIRPORT 28.7 +6.3 12.1 +1.9 0.0
ALBANY AIRPORT 18.3 -0.4 9.9 +0.9 0.2
KALGOORLIE-BOULDER AIRPORT 23.3 -2.3 10.1 -0.8 0.0
DARWIN AIRPORT 35.0 +1.9 22.4 -2.6 0.0
ALICE SPRINGS AIRPORT 26.5 -4.3 10.0 -4.7 0.0
ADELAIDE (KENT TOWN) 14.7 -6.9 4.7 -6.7 0.4
MOUNT GAMBIER AERO 13.2 -4.6 1.7 -5.4 0.2
CAIRNS AERO 29.0 -0.5 21.0 +0.4 0.0
TOWNSVILLE AERO 29.5 +0.1 20.1 -0.6 0.0
ROCKHAMPTON AERO 29.0 -0.6 16.1 -0.8 0.0
AMBERLEY AMO 30.1 +2.5 10.3 -3.1 0.0
BRISBANE AERO 25.2 12.8 0.0
ARMIDALE AIRPORT AWS 16.8 2.4 0.0
COFFS HARBOUR MO 22.2 -1.3 11.2 -2.6 0.0
NEWCASTLE NOBBYS SIGNAL STATION AWS 15.1 -7.0 13.3 -0.6 4.4
SYDNEY (OBSERVATORY HILL) 16.1 -5.9 11.8 -1.7 1.2
PROSPECT DAM 17.2 -6.3 11.1 -1.0 0.8
WOLLONGONG UNIVERSITY 15.2 -6.8 10.3 -2.3 7.0
CANBERRA AIRPORT 15.2 -4.0 5.6 -0.4 0.0
WAGGA WAGGA AMO 14.3 -6.9 3.1 -4.6 2.2
MILDURA AIRPORT 17.6 -6.1 3.2 -6.5 0.0
EAST SALE AIRPORT 15.5 -3.6 1.3 -6.3 0.4
MELBOURNE REGIONAL OFFICE 15.8 -3.8 5.2 -4.2 0.6
LAVERTON RAAF 15.2 -3.8 0.5 -7.7 0.2
BALLARAT AERODROME 11.3 -5.2 -1.5 -7.7 0.8
LAUNCESTON AIRPORT 10.9 -5.5 0.3 -5.3 0.6
HOBART (ELLERSLIE ROAD) 11.7 -5.2 4.1 -3.6 1.0

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
    S Peninsula
PALMERVILLE
19.6mm in 31 min to 18:00 37.9mm/h
20.4mm in 1 hr to 18:00 20.4mm/h
20.0mm in 3 hr to 18:00 6.7mm/h

VICTORIA
    W Gippsland
WILSONS PROMONTORY LIGHTHOUSE : 109(260/ 48 ) at 19:04
KINGFISH B SHIP LOG 272 : 98(270/ 74 ) at 23:40
    W Central
LAVERTON RAAF : 72(250/ 63 ) at 13:43
    W Coast
CAPE OTWAY LIGHTHOUSE : 85(240/ 69 ) at 21:48
COLAC (MT GELLIBRAND) : 83(270/ 72 ) at 10:56
TASMANIA
    N Coast
CAPE GRIM B.A.P.S. : 108(260/ 76 ) at 20:00
    Southeast
MAATSUYKER ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE : 96(310/ 78 ) at 06:14
MOUNT WELLINGTON : 100(260/ 76 ) at 05:00
    Flinders Is/Bass St
FLINDERS ISLAND AIRPORT : 87(250/ 67 ) at 21:22
ISLANDS
    Islands
HOGAN ISLAND : 128(280/ 87 ) at 20:11