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More record cold nights in central and SE Australia
Major WA bushfire brought under control

Temperature departures from normal today: mimumum (above) and maximum (below). BoM

More record cold nights in central and SE Australia

Wintry weather continued to affect a large part of the continent's east today. A 1035hPa high west of Tasmania worked with a 1005hPa low in the central Tasman to direct cold, gusty winds across TAS, VIC and NSW, bringing light showers to the coast and light snowfalls along the tablelands where Cooma and Oberon reported light falls overnight.

The cold, dry airmass along with clear skies away from the coast produced very low October minima across a huge area. Gulgong on the NSW Central Tablelands set a new record October minimum for the second morning in a row with a reading of 0.8, while the minimum temperature on Swan Island, off the NE coast of TAS, fell to a record 2.8. Echuca, on the NSW/VIC border, had its coldest October morning in nearly half a century with a reading of 0.2.

Major WA bushfire brought under control

A fire that has burnt through 140,000 hectares of the WA Kimberley region was brought under control this evening after an eight-day battle by pastoralists, volunteers and firefighters. Exceptionally hot weather, strong winds and willy-willies made the task of containing the fire, which was started by lightning on Jubilee Downs station SW of Fitzroy Crossing, an unusually difficult one.

News sources: ABC

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:
New South Wales:
062013 GULGONG POST OFFICE 0.8 (1.0, 29) previous record set yesterday
Victoria:
080015 ECHUCA AERODROME 0.2 (0.3, 47)
Tasmania:
092037 SWAN ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE 2.8 (4.3, 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

39.0 WEST ROEBUCK W Kimberley WA
38.2 BIDYADANGA W Kimberley WA
38.0 NYANG STATION W Gascoyne WA
37.8 DERBY AERO W Kimberley WA
37.7 CURTIN AERO W Kimberley WA
37.7 MIDDLE POINT AWS N Rivers NT
37.7 BATCHELOR AERO N Rivers NT

+11.5   29.9 ALBANY Lower West WA
+10.3   29.0 ALBANY AIRPORT Lower West WA
+8.7   29.4 KATANNING COMPARISON Cent Wheatbelt WA
+8.4   29.4 ONGERUP Cent Wheatbelt WA
+8.4   30.7 RAVENSTHORPE Cent Wheatbelt WA

26.1 HORN ISLAND N Peninsula QLD
25.9 TROUGHTON ISLAND N Kimberley WA
25.4 COCONUT ISLAND N Peninsula QLD
24.5 WILLIS ISLAND Islands ISL
24.4 PORT KEATS AERO N Rivers NT

+8.6   17.8 SOUTHERN CROSS Goldfields WA
+8.3   20.4 YEELIRRIE Goldfields WA
+7.5   16.0 PEMBERTON Lower West WA
+7.5   15.5 CORRIGIN Cent Wheatbelt WA
+7.1   21.2 THREE RIVERS E Gascoyne WA
+7.1   20.8 WILUNA Interior WA

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

-2.0 THREDBO AWS Snowy Mtns NSW
-1.9 MT HOTHAM Upper NE VIC
-1.0 MOUNT BULLER Upper NE VIC
0.1 PERISHER VALLEY SKI CENTRE Snowy Mtns NSW
1.0 CHARLOTTE PASS (KOSCIUSKO CHALET) Snowy Mtns NSW

-10.1   8.5 BOMBALA (THERRY STREET) Goulburn/Monaro NSW
-9.9   9.4 COOMA VISITORS CENTRE Goulburn/Monaro NSW
-9.4   0.1 PERISHER VALLEY SKI CENTRE Snowy Mtns NSW
-9.3   19.0 TIBOOBURRA POST OFFICE Far Northwest NSW
-9.1   15.1 COONABARABRAN (NAMOI STREET) CW Slopes N NSW

-8.0 THREDBO AWS Snowy Mtns NSW
-7.5 PERISHER VALLEY SKI CENTRE Snowy Mtns NSW
-7.1 CHARLOTTE PASS (KOSCIUSKO CHALET) Snowy Mtns NSW
-6.8 MT HOTHAM Upper NE VIC
-6.1 MOUNT WELLINGTON Southeast TAS

-11.5   -0.5 POINT HICKS (LIGHTHOUSE) E Gippsland VIC
-10.7   4.0 ALICE SPRINGS AIRPORT N Plateau NT
-9.4   1.0 PARKES (MACARTHUR STREET) CW Slopes S NSW
-9.3   1.9 OAKEY AERO Darling Downs E QLD
-9.2   13.2 VICTORIA RIVER DOWNS N Rivers NT
-9.2   4.9 MARLA POLICE STATION NW Pastoral SA
-9.2   0.9 TRANGIE RESEARCH STATION AWS CW Plains N NSW
-9.2   2.6 WALGETT AIRPORT AWS NW Plains W 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.

73.2 LAKE MARGARET DAM W Coast TAS
56.2 HERON ISLAND RES STN Wide Bay/Burnett QLD
39.5 SUTTON THE ANCHORAGE Goulburn/Monaro NSW
38.2 BAROON POCKET DAM Brisbane/SE Coast QLD
36.0 TIN CAN BAY COUNTRY CLUB Brisbane/SE Coast QLD

QUEENSLAND
    Wide Bay/Burnett
56.2 HERON ISLAND RES STN
    Brisbane/SE Coast
38.2 BAROON POCKET DAM
36.0 TIN CAN BAY COUNTRY CLUB

NEW SOUTH WALES
    Goulburn/Monaro
39.5 SUTTON THE ANCHORAGE

TASMANIA
    W Coast
73.2 LAKE MARGARET DAM

  Max+/- norm Min+/- normRain to 9am
BROOME AIRPORT 37.6 +4.8 17.6 -4.7 0.0
PERTH AIRPORT 23.2 +0.8 15.8 +5.6 0.0
ALBANY AIRPORT 29.0 +10.3 12.5 +3.5 0.0
KALGOORLIE-BOULDER AIRPORT 28.9 +3.3 14.7 +3.8 0.0
DARWIN AIRPORT 34.7 +1.6 24.0 -1.0 0.0
ALICE SPRINGS AIRPORT 23.2 -7.6 4.0 -10.7 0.0
ADELAIDE (KENT TOWN) 15.6 -6.0 5.7 -5.7 0.4
MOUNT GAMBIER AERO 12.7 -5.1 3.1 -4.0 2.0
CAIRNS AERO 31.2 +1.7 18.4 -2.2 0.0
TOWNSVILLE AERO 30.2 +0.8 21.9 +1.2 0.0
ROCKHAMPTON AERO 26.9 -2.7 17.3 +0.4 16.0
BRISBANE AERO 23.9 8.7 2.2
AMBERLEY AMO 25.4 -2.2 4.5 -8.9 0.2
ARMIDALE AIRPORT AWS 12.1 -0.9 0.0
COFFS HARBOUR MO 18.5 -5.0 10.3 -3.5 3.4
NEWCASTLE NOBBYS SIGNAL STATION AWS 14.4 -7.7 9.5 -4.4 0.0
SYDNEY (OBSERVATORY HILL) 16.7 -5.3 8.0 -5.5 0.4
PROSPECT DAM 17.1 -6.4 7.9 -4.2 0.0
WOLLONGONG UNIVERSITY 15.5 -6.5 8.6 -4.0 0.0
CANBERRA AIRPORT 13.0 -6.2 0.1 -5.9 0.0
WAGGA WAGGA AMO 15.3 -5.9 0.8 -6.9 0.0
MILDURA AIRPORT 17.9 -5.8 3.3 -6.4 0.0
EAST SALE AIRPORT 13.1 -6.0 2.6 -5.0 2.2
MELBOURNE REGIONAL OFFICE 14.5 -5.1 8.6 -0.8 2.2
LAVERTON RAAF 13.4 -5.6 6.4 -1.8 0.6
BALLARAT AERODROME 10.3 -6.2 1.4 -4.8 1.8
LAUNCESTON AIRPORT 13.2 -3.2 0.6 -5.0 0.0
HOBART (ELLERSLIE ROAD) 13.9 -3.0 4.4 -3.3 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.
QUEENSLAND
    Wide Bay/Burnett
HERON ISLAND RES STN
40.2mm in 1 hr 8 min to 03:00 35.5mm/h
44.0mm in 3 hr to 03:00 14.7mm/h
10.6mm in 1 hr to 04:00 10.6mm/h
TASMANIA
    Southeast
HARTZ MOUNTAIN(KEOGHS PIMPLE)
14.6mm in 1 hr to 12:30 14.6mm/h
12.6mm in 1 hr to 13:00 12.6mm/h

NEW SOUTH WALES
    Hunter Valley
NEWCASTLE NOBBYS SIGNAL STATION AWS : 82(180/ 72 ) at 12:31
NORAH HEAD AWS : 76(180/ 63 ) at 01:30
    South Coast
MONTAGUE ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE : 83(150/ 69 ) at 10:52
GREEN CAPE AWS : 95(190/ 80 ) at 08:44