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Severe wintry weather in the south as heat records fall in QLD
Unusually high tides in SA

Maximum temperature variation from normal for the 24 hours from 9am this morning. BoM

Severe wintry weather in the south as heat records fall in QLD

It felt like winter again in the southern half of the continent with daytime temperatures 8 to 10 below average, gale force winds in the southeast and snow in the Alps. A low pressure system deepened from 995 to 980hPa as it moved east through Bass Strait causing widespread wind gusts of 90km/h or more across SA, NSW and VIC and swinging cold air northwards.

In SA, strong winds during the morning gusted to 95km/h at Port Lincoln, Yunta in the northeast and Moonta on the Yorke Peninsula, while the summit of Mt Lofty recorded 98km/h. Adelaide caught the full strength of a secondary low pressure system embedded in the front as it crossed the coast just south of the city around dawn bringing down trees and powerlines.

In NSW, winds gusted to 113km/h at Goulburn and Bellambi, 109 at Mt Boyce in the Blue Mountains, and 100 at Moss Vale. In Sydney, both Fort Denison and North Head recorded gusts of 91km/h. Wind damage to houses, trees and powerlines in Sydney and SE NSW produced over 500 calls for help to the SES, with the worst winds during the late afternoon and evening. In Sydney, a Gordon house and a school at Padstow were extensively damaged by falling trees, windborne scaffolding from building sites in Petersham and Kensington blocked roads, and a woman was trapped in a car when a tree was blown onto it at Cremorne. An SES spokesman said some buildings had been unroofed and awnings collapsed. Power was cut to thousands of homes, with around 1,500 still without power on Saturday morning.

Elsewhere in the state, 3 houses were damaged in Lithgow as was a school at Mt Keira near Wollongong. Trees were blown onto caravans at Easts Beach near Kiama and there were 60 reports of property damage in the Illawarra. There were 53 calls for help mostly with downed trees in the Central West, 25 alone coming from Bathurst where the Orange SES had to be called in to assist local volunteers. In Oberon, garden sheds were reported as "blown away" by the wind. Around Lithgow, trees came down on high voltage power lines at seven locations, cutting power to 4,000 customers.

Maximum temperatures today were very cold for October right across the southern half of the continent. South of a line drawn west from the NSW/QLD border, the top temperatures recorded to 3pm were commonly 8 to 10 below average. In WA, Southern Cross recorded 19, 10.6 below; in SA, Marla in the state's north only reached 21, 12 below and top temperatures around Adelaide were 9 below; in NSW, Cobar and Baradine reached 16, 13 below, while in VIC top temperatures were commonly between 14 and 17°, up to 11 or 12 below. These departures aren't reflected in the map above, which shows the maximum temperature for the 24 hours from 9 this morning to 9am Saturday morning when, in most cases, the temperature was higher than was recorded during today.

It was a different story in QLD, however, with October high maximum temperature records falling for the fifth day in a row. Today, it was the turn of central eastern QLD to rewrite the record books, with Clermont, Rolleston, Springsure and Baralaba all recording their warmest October day since their computerised records began. The front pushing through the southwest of the state brought widespread raised dust and a few dust storms. Urandangie reported visibility down to 800m at 6pm in a dust storm. Late afternoon and evening thunderstorms brought some heavy falls and strong winds. Gympie recorded 16.2mm in 9 minutes, Nambour 16.8 in 15 minutes, Brisbane Airport 11.0mm in 16 minutes and Beerburrum Forestry 33.8mm in an hour. Houses were unroofed at Kingaroy, Wondai and Mundubbera, and fallen trees blocked roads and damaged fences from Wooroolin to Murgon.

Unusually high tides in SA

Tides in Spencer Gulf SA were as much as 1.4m above their forecast levels today, possibly as a byproduct of the low pressure and the persistently strong wind sweeping into the narrowing gulf. Both Port Pirie and Whyalla recorded well above expected high and low tides, with the highest tide of the day at Whyalla reaching 3.58m compared to the predicted 2.18m.

News sources: ABC, AAP, Western Advocate (Bathurst), Lithgow Mercury, Whyalla 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):
Highest daily maximum temperature for October:
Queensland:
035019 CLERMONT POST OFFICE 41.0 (40.5, 41)
035059 ROLLESTON METEOR ST 41.6 (40.5, 15)
035065 SPRINGSURE DAME ST 41.1 (39.7, 37)
039004 BARALABA POST OFFICE 39.7 (39.6, 34)

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

42.9 LONGREACH AERO Central West QLD
42.4 WARMUN E Kimberley WA
42.4 EMERALD AIRPORT Central Highlands QLD
42.3 ARGYLE AERODROME E Kimberley WA
42.2 KIMBERLEY RES.STATION E Kimberley WA

+11.0   42.4 EMERALD AIRPORT Central Highlands QLD
+10.5   41.1 SPRINGSURE DAME ST Central Highlands QLD
+10.3   40.3 BRIGALOW RESEARCH STN Central Highlands QLD
+10.1   41.6 ROLLESTON METEOR ST Central Highlands QLD
+9.6   39.2 TAROOM POST OFFICE Central Highlands QLD
+9.6   41.7 BARCALDINE POST OFFICE Central West QLD

29.5 TENNANT CREEK AIRPORT N Plateau NT
29.0 ARGYLE AERODROME E Kimberley WA
29.0 WAVE HILL N Rivers NT
29.0 NORTHERN ENDEAVOUR Islands ISL
28.5 WARMUN E Kimberley WA
28.5 GEORGETOWN POST OFFICE Upper Carpentaria QLD

+10.7   25.9 JERVOIS N Plateau NT
+8.8   28.5 GEORGETOWN POST OFFICE Upper Carpentaria QLD
+7.9   29.5 TENNANT CREEK AIRPORT N Plateau NT
+7.9   25.5 TOORAK RESEARCH STATION Gulf Country QLD
+7.9   25.4 URANDANGIE Northwest QLD

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

-0.4 FALLS CREEK Upper NE VIC
-0.2 MT HOTHAM Upper NE VIC
1.0 MT BAW BAW W Gippsland VIC
3.0 THREDBO AWS Snowy Mtns NSW
3.5 MOUNT WELLINGTON Southeast TAS

-9.2   15.0 COONABARABRAN (NAMOI STREET) CW Slopes N NSW
-8.1   18.5 GUNNEDAH POOL NW Slopes S NSW
-7.8   17.9 COBAR MO Upper Darling NSW
-7.7   19.8 COONAMBLE COMPARISON CW Plains N NSW
-7.6   14.0 YONGALA Upper North SA
-7.6   17.6 QUIRINDI POST OFFICE NW Slopes S NSW

-5.0 THREDBO AWS Snowy Mtns NSW
-4.4 MT HOTHAM Upper NE VIC
-3.0 CHARLOTTE PASS (KOSCIUSKO CHALET) Snowy Mtns NSW
-2.5 PERISHER VALLEY SKI CENTRE Snowy Mtns NSW
-2.4 MOUNT WELLINGTON Southeast TAS

-6.4   -1.0 TARALGA POST OFFICE Goulburn/Monaro NSW
-6.2   3.3 CESSNOCK AIRPORT AWS Hunter Valley NSW
-6.0   0.2 BATHURST AGRICULTURAL STATION C Tablelands S NSW
-5.9   1.3 COONABARABRAN (NAMOI STREET) CW Slopes N NSW
-5.5   -0.5 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.

55.6 ARVE VALLEY (ARVE ROAD) W Coast TAS
51.2 TAHUNE RESERVE W Coast TAS
34.2 LOBETHAL Adelaide/Lofty SA
34.0 BRIDGEWATER Adelaide/Lofty SA
33.0 ALDGATE Adelaide/Lofty SA

SOUTH AUSTRALIA
    Adelaide/Lofty
34.2 LOBETHAL
34.0 BRIDGEWATER
33.0 ALDGATE

TASMANIA
    W Coast
55.6 ARVE VALLEY (ARVE ROAD)
51.2 TAHUNE RESERVE

  Max+/- norm Min+/- normRain to 9am
BROOME AIRPORT 29.7 -3.1 24.5 +2.2 0.0
PERTH AIRPORT 22.8 +0.4 10.5 +0.3 0.0
ALBANY AIRPORT 15.1 -3.6 10.1 +1.1 0.4
KALGOORLIE-BOULDER AIRPORT 21.2 -4.4 6.2 -4.7 0.0
DARWIN AIRPORT 33.2 +0.1 25.9 +0.9 0.0
ALICE SPRINGS AIRPORT 30.7 -0.1 19.2 +4.5 0.0
ADELAIDE (KENT TOWN) 16.6 -5.0 8.2 -3.2 17.4
MOUNT GAMBIER AERO 14.4 -3.4 4.2 -2.9 8.8
CAIRNS AERO 30.3 +0.8 21.2 +0.6 0.0
TOWNSVILLE AERO 31.9 +2.5 26.2 +5.5 0.0
ROCKHAMPTON AERO 38.4 +8.8 19.4 +2.5 0.0
AMBERLEY AMO 28.7 +1.1 10.8 -2.6 0.0
BRISBANE AERO 25.9 14.7 0.0
ARMIDALE AIRPORT AWS 17.6 6.8 0.0
COFFS HARBOUR MO 29.9 +6.4 9.3 -4.5 0.0
NEWCASTLE NOBBYS SIGNAL STATION AWS 23.2 +1.1 13.4 -0.5 0.0
SYDNEY (OBSERVATORY HILL) 23.1 +1.1 13.6 +0.1 0.0
PROSPECT DAM 22.8 -0.7 10.4 -1.7 0.0
WOLLONGONG UNIVERSITY 22.4 +0.4 7.5 -5.1 0.0
CANBERRA AIRPORT 15.4 -3.8 1.3 -4.7 0.0
WAGGA WAGGA AMO 20.9 -0.3 6.5 -1.2 0.0
MILDURA AIRPORT 18.5 -5.2 9.3 -0.4 0.0
EAST SALE AIRPORT 15.1 -4.0 6.1 -1.5 0.0
MELBOURNE REGIONAL OFFICE 17.0 -2.6 9.6 +0.2 2.4
LAVERTON RAAF 17.3 -1.7 9.5 +1.3 3.2
BALLARAT AERODROME 12.4 -4.1 5.9 -0.3 8.8
LAUNCESTON AIRPORT 11.8 -4.6 4.9 -0.7 0.0
HOBART (ELLERSLIE ROAD) 13.8 -3.1 8.2 +0.5 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.
QUEENSLAND
    Wide Bay/Burnett
GAYNDAH AIRPORT
5.8mm in 6 min to 17:49 58.0mm/h
7.6mm in 11 min to 18:00 41.5mm/h
13.4mm in 1 hr to 18:00 13.4mm/h
    Brisbane/SE Coast
CAPE MORETON LIGHTHOUSE
6.2mm in 35 min to 19:27 10.6mm/h
11.8mm in 21 min to 19:48 33.7mm/h
GYMPIE
1.4mm in 1 min to 18:32 84.0mm/h
11.8mm in 6 min to 18:38 118.0mm/h
3.0mm in 2 min to 18:40 90.0mm/h
18.4mm in 1 hr to 19:00 18.4mm/h
19.0mm in 3 hr to 21:00 6.3mm/h
NAMBOUR DPI
16.8mm in 15 min to 19:00 67.2mm/h
17.8mm in 1 hr to 19:00 17.8mm/h
18.0mm in 3 hr to 21:00 6.0mm/h
BEERBURRUM FOREST STN
33.8mm in 1 hr to 19:00 33.8mm/h
36.0mm in 3 hr to 21:00 12.0mm/h
TOOLARA (KELLY)
5.2mm in 15 min to 18:58 20.8mm/h
BRISBANE AERO
11.0mm in 16 min to 18:46 41.2mm/h
14.0mm in 1 hr to 19:30 14.0mm/h
19.0mm in 3 hr to 21:00 6.3mm/h
KINGAROY AIRPORT
6.8mm in 5 min to 17:39 81.6mm/h
13.4mm in 1 hr to 18:00 13.4mm/h
VICTORIA
    Lower NE
WANGARATTA AERO
4.0mm in 11 min to 19:00 21.8mm/h
    W Coast
MORTLAKE RACECOURSE
15.0mm in 3 hr to 03:00 5.0mm/h

SOUTH AUSTRALIA
    W Agricultural
NORTH SHIELDS (PORT LINCOLN AWS) : 95(270/ 46 ) at 00:49
    Northeast
YUNTA AIRSTRIP : 95(260/ 69 ) at 12:30
    Yorke Peninsula
MINLATON AERO : 93(270/ 76 ) at 07:08
MOONTA (WARBURTO POINT) : 95(260/ 69 ) at 09:17
    Adelaide Plains
EDINBURGH RAAF : 82(290/ 65 ) at 08:16
    Mt Lofty Ranges
MOUNT LOFTY : 98(280/ 59 ) at 06:15
QUEENSLAND
    Central Highlands
EMERALD AIRPORT : 95(250/ 65 ) at 17:01
    Brisbane/SE Coast
KINGAROY AIRPORT : 93(260/ 59 ) at 17:34
NEW SOUTH WALES
    Lower Darling
BROKEN HILL AIRPORT AWS : 91(260/ 59 ) at 16:01
    Hunter Valley
NEWCASTLE NOBBYS SIGNAL STATION AWS : 91(320/ 52 ) at 18:28
WILLIAMTOWN RAAF : 83(310/ 65 ) at 13:22
MURRURUNDI GAP AWS : 85(330/ 67 ) at 19:00
    C Tablelands S
BATHURST AIRPORT AWS : 74(280/ 63 ) at 16:39
MOUNT BOYCE AWS : 109(290/ 61 ) at 15:29
    Sydney--east
FORT DENISON : 91(320/ 54 ) at 14:33
SYDNEY AIRPORT AMO : 82(330/ 63 ) at 14:59
KURNELL AWS : 82(330/ 63 ) at 15:30
MANLY (NORTH HEAD) : 91(320/ 50 ) at 14:41
    Illawarra
NOWRA RAN AIR STATION AWS : 91(270/ 43 ) at 19:00
BELLAMBI AWS : 113(290/ 61 ) at 22:48
MOSS VALE AWS : 100(290/ 48 ) at 16:17
ALBION PARK (WOLLONGONG AIRPORT) : 93(280/ 59 ) at 22:55
KIAMA (BOMBO HEADLAND) : 96(280/ 48 ) at 22:15
    South Coast
MONTAGUE ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE : 98(280/ 83 ) at 16:22
    Goulburn/Monaro
BOMBALA AWS : 96(330/ 72 ) at 10:00
GOULBURN AIRPORT AWS : 113(270/ 82 ) at 17:39
    Snowy Mtns
THREDBO AWS : 80(320/ 65 ) at 00:00
    SW Slopes S
CABRAMURRA SMHEA AWS : 85(290/ 63 ) at 14:26
    SW Slopes N
YOUNG AIRPORT : 95(320/ 50 ) at 12:36
VICTORIA
    Upper NE
MOUNT BULLER : 104(360/ 70 ) at 07:00
MT HOTHAM : 115(340/ 69 ) at 07:28
    W Gippsland
WILSONS PROMONTORY LIGHTHOUSE : 98(250/ 87 ) at 22:29
KINGFISH B SHIP LOG 272 : 87(272/ 72 ) at 14:50
    W Central
AVALON AIRPORT : 78(260/ 63 ) at 14:34
POINT WILSON : 80(270/ 67 ) at 14:32
    N Central
EILDON FIRE TOWER : 74(260/ 63 ) at 17:40
TASMANIA
    N Coast
CAPE GRIM B.A.P.S. : 74(200/ 65 ) at 20:00
    Southeast
MAATSUYKER ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE : 89(300/ 80 ) at 01:00
MOUNT WELLINGTON : 98(250/ 69 ) at 01:00
ISLANDS
    Islands
HOGAN ISLAND : 102(250/ 89 ) at 14:31