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Heat, dust storms in SA, NT, QLD
Bushfires accompany major damage at Uluru, NT

Bushfire burns in NE TAS
Wet in the West

Heat, dust storms in SA, NT, QLD

Maximum temperatures today were 8 to 13 above average across a large area of the country extending in an arc from western SA through southern NT and across central QLD. In QLD, Urandangie in the west and Georgetown and Toorak Research Station in the Gulf Country set new records for October heat. In western QLD and southeastern NT, top temperatures hit the low 40s, with a new automatic weather station at Century Mine recording the national maximum of 44.9C. The mine is in remote range country about halfway between Burketown and Camooweal in far NW QLD, and has been posting national top temperatures often since its installation in April this year. While some have obviously been the result of faults, and the site exposure has yet to be confirmed as satisfactory, this new and previously uninstrumented location may prove to be Australia's hottest.

Dust storms were reported from southern NT, northern SA and around the QLD Gulf Country today. Visibility at Marla SA hovered around 1km in dust haze through the afternoon and evening, while the Curtin Springs NT observer reported visibility down to 200m at 3pm.

Bushfires accompany major damage at Uluru, NT

A fire which has caused over $4m in damage to an Ayers Rock resort over the past 4 days burnt through bush to threaten residences, the school and the power station at Yulara today. The fire, which resulted in the evacuation of 300 staff, guests and residents, and closure of the Lasseter Highway, was brought under control tonight despite strong dry winds and temperatures around 40C. A crew fighting the fire had to abandon their truck to the blaze when wind gusts suddenly pushed flames towards them.

In the Territory's north, four homes were threatened by fire near Howard River Park, 30km S of Darwin, though there was no property damage.

Bushfire burns in NE TAS

A fire burnt through around 600ha of bushland east of Scottsdale yesterday and today.

Wet in the West

Cool, moist southern air surged into southern WA today behind an upper trough moving east along the South Coast. The result has been useful falls of 10 to 50mm of rain south of a line from about Perth to Esperance. This morning, Windy Harbour, Shannon and Rocky Gully, all to the S or SE of Manjimup, reported 24-hour totals of around 50mm, while Ongerup recorded 36mm in just 3 hours to 9am.

News sources: ABC, 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 October:
Queensland:
029090 TOORAK RESEARCH STATION 42.6 (42.4, 26)
030018 GEORGETOWN POST OFFICE 41.6 (41.5, 46)
037043 URANDANGIE 43.3 (43.1, 46)

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

44.9 CENTURY MINE Gulf Country QLD
43.4 JULIA CREEK AIRPORT Gulf Country QLD
43.3 BURKETOWN AIRPORT Gulf Country QLD
43.3 URANDANGIE Northwest QLD
42.8 CLONCURRY AIRPORT Gulf Country QLD

+13.6   38.0 NULLARBOR W Agricultural SA
+11.8   41.5 MARLA POLICE STATION NW Pastoral SA
+10.7   40.6 KULGERA N Plateau NT
+10.2   41.0 ALICE SPRINGS AIRPORT N Plateau NT
+9.5   42.5 JERVOIS N Plateau NT

29.0 NORTHERN ENDEAVOUR Islands ISL
28.5 ARGYLE AERODROME E Kimberley WA
28.4 TENNANT CREEK AIRPORT N Plateau NT
27.5 KIDMAN SPRINGS N Rivers NT
27.4 WAVE HILL N Rivers NT

+10.8   25.7 WARBURTON AIRFIELD Interior WA
+8.3   26.8 ALI CURUNG N Plateau NT
+7.9   24.8 GILES METEOROLOGICAL OFFICE Interior WA
+7.0   23.8 WATARRKA N Plateau NT
+6.8   28.4 TENNANT CREEK AIRPORT N Plateau NT
+6.8   21.5 KULGERA N Plateau NT

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

1.0 MT BAW BAW W Gippsland VIC
3.6 MOUNT WELLINGTON Southeast TAS
5.0 THREDBO AWS Snowy Mtns NSW
5.4 MT HOTHAM Upper NE VIC
6.0 CHARLOTTE PASS (KOSCIUSKO CHALET) Snowy Mtns NSW
6.0 PERISHER VALLEY SKI CENTRE Snowy Mtns NSW
6.0 MOUNT BULLER Upper NE VIC

-7.8   17.1 BALLADONIA Eucla WA
-6.6   14.4 ONGERUP Cent Wheatbelt WA
-6.2   16.5 LAKE GRACE COMPARISON Cent Wheatbelt WA
-5.9   16.4 RAVENSTHORPE Cent Wheatbelt WA
-5.7   13.3 MOORABBIN AIRPORT E Central VIC

-6.0 FALLS CREEK Upper NE VIC
-5.7 MT HOTHAM Upper NE VIC
-4.5 PERISHER VALLEY SKI CENTRE Snowy Mtns NSW
-4.0 MOUNT BULLER Upper NE VIC
-3.5 CHARLOTTE PASS (KOSCIUSKO CHALET) Snowy Mtns NSW

-9.6   10.0 ROEBOURNE E Pilbara WA
-8.0   -1.0 NHILL Wimmera N VIC
-7.5   0.7 KEITH Mallee/Upper SE SA
-7.4   0.3 WAGGA WAGGA AMO SW Slopes S NSW
-7.2   1.4 QUANDIALLA POST OFFICE SW Slopes N 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.

69.6 TWEED HEADS GOLF CLUB North Coast NSW
58.0 FERN RIDGE Lower West WA
56.8 VERMEULEN Lower West WA
52.2 DEESIDE Lower West WA
51.4 WINDY HARBOUR Lower West WA

WESTERN AUSTRALIA
    Lower West
58.0 FERN RIDGE
56.8 VERMEULEN
52.2 DEESIDE
51.4 WINDY HARBOUR
50.0 SHANNON

NEW SOUTH WALES
    North Coast
69.6 TWEED HEADS GOLF CLUB
    MidNorth Coast N
50.0 MACKSVILLE COUNTRY CLUB

  Max+/- norm Min+/- normRain to 9am
BROOME AIRPORT 29.3 -3.5 24.2 +1.9 0.0
ALBANY AIRPORT 16.8 -1.9 12.8 +3.8 32.8
PERTH AIRPORT 21.0 -1.4 13.5 +3.3 4.2
KALGOORLIE-BOULDER AIRPORT 23.7 -1.9 14.0 +3.1 0.0
DARWIN AIRPORT 34.9 +1.8 25.1 +0.1 0.0
ALICE SPRINGS AIRPORT 41.0 +10.2 18.7 +4.0 0.0
ADELAIDE (KENT TOWN) 20.7 -0.9 7.7 -3.7 0.0
MOUNT GAMBIER AERO 14.1 -3.7 6.1 -1.0 0.0
CAIRNS AERO 30.3 +0.8 19.0 -1.6 0.0
TOWNSVILLE AERO 30.8 +1.4 22.6 +1.9 0.0
ROCKHAMPTON AERO 34.1 +4.5 18.4 +1.5 20.0
AMBERLEY AMO 30.1 +2.5 13.5 +0.1 19.8 /3
BRISBANE AERO 25.6 14.5 11.4
ARMIDALE AIRPORT AWS 18.4 3.5 4.8
COFFS HARBOUR MO 23.7 +0.2 11.7 -2.1 0.2
NEWCASTLE NOBBYS SIGNAL STATION AWS 19.1 -3.0 13.6 -0.3 0.4
SYDNEY (OBSERVATORY HILL) 20.4 -1.6 12.7 -0.8 4.6
PROSPECT DAM 22.5 -1.0 11.1 -1.0 0.0
WOLLONGONG UNIVERSITY 17.9 -4.1 12.0 -0.6 1.1
CANBERRA AIRPORT 16.2 -3.0 3.8 -2.2 1.0
WAGGA WAGGA AMO 18.1 -3.1 0.3 -7.4 0.0
MILDURA AIRPORT 20.7 -3.0 4.8 -4.9 0.0
EAST SALE AIRPORT 16.1 -3.0 6.7 -0.9 0.0
MELBOURNE REGIONAL OFFICE 16.2 -3.4 7.9 -1.5 0.0
LAVERTON RAAF 14.5 -4.5 5.8 -2.4 0.0
BALLARAT AERODROME 12.1 -4.4 3.5 -2.7 0.0
LAUNCESTON AIRPORT 15.8 -0.6 0.5 -5.1 0.0
HOBART (ELLERSLIE ROAD) 15.0 -1.9 8.1 +0.4 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.
WESTERN AUSTRALIA
    Lower West
PEARCE RAAF
12.6mm in 1 hr to 04:00 12.6mm/h
PERTH METRO
17.6mm in 17 min to 03:17 62.1mm/h
23.6mm in 1 hr to 03:30 23.6mm/h
20.0mm in 1 hr to 04:00 20.0mm/h
20.0mm in 3 hr to 06:00 6.7mm/h
    SW & S Coast
ALBANY AIRPORT
15.0mm in 3 hr to 09:00 5.0mm/h
7.6mm in 39 min to 10:00 11.7mm/h
15.0mm in 3 hr to 12:00 5.0mm/h
ROCKY GULLY
10.6mm in 1 hr to 06:00 10.6mm/h
22.0mm in 3 hr to 06:00 7.3mm/h
SHANNON
24.0mm in 3 hr to 00:00 8.0mm/h
16.0mm in 3 hr to 03:00 5.3mm/h
    Gt Southern
ONGERUP
36.0mm in 3 hr to 09:00 12.0mm/h
JACUP
16.0mm in 3 hr to 12:00 5.3mm/h
15.0mm in 3 hr to 15:00 5.0mm/h
ISLANDS
    Islands
NORFOLK ISLAND AERO
10.2mm in 1 hr to 17:00 10.2mm/h

VICTORIA
    W Gippsland
WILSONS PROMONTORY LIGHTHOUSE : 80(240/ 74 ) at 07:35
TASMANIA
    Southeast
MOUNT WELLINGTON : 82(240/ 63 ) at 00:22
TASMAN ISLAND : 91(230/ 45 ) at 05:30
ISLANDS
    Islands
HOGAN ISLAND : 78(240/ 65 ) at 00:00