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Wintry weather continues in the south
Bushfires burn near Taree and in Sydney's south

What a difference a day makes! Minimum temperature departures from normal yesterday (above) and this morning (below). BoM
Below: Maximum temperatures were widely 6 to 11 below average through southern Australia today. BoM

Wintry weather continues in the south

A cold airmass surged across southeastern Australia today following yesterday's wild windstorms, heralding several days of record low overnight temperatures. This morning, Salmon Gums, between Norseman and Esperance in WA, recorded its lowest November temperature in 32 years of record with a minimum of zero.

The drop in temperature was most noticeable in northern NSW and SW QLD. Boulia, after a temperature range of 23 to 42 yesterday recorded a minimum of just 11 this morning.

Heavy snow fell in the NSW Snowy Mountains overnight with 10cm on the ground at Kosciuszko Chalet at both 9am and 3pm and snow showers falling as low as Thredbo Village (1380m asl) through the day. Maximum temperatures failed to reach positive figures at Thredbo Top Station and Mts Hotham and Buller in VIC.

Bushfires burn near Taree and in Sydney's south

A bushfire believed to have been started by lightning on 25 October was finally brought under control today after burning through 1050ha of the Lansdowne State Forest and adjacent farm country NE of Taree NSW. Burning in rugged terrain, the fire occupied 70 firefighters and 4 water-bombing helicopters over four days.

Another bushfire on a 150m front burnt through Anzac Rifle Range, south of Sydney and north of Botany Bay. Fanned by strong SW winds, the fire, which started around midday, threatened home units in Maroubra before being brought under control.

News sources: Manning River Times, 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):
Lowest daily minimum temperature for November:
Western Australia:
012071 SALMON GUMS RES.STN. 0.0 (0.6, 32)

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

43.4 CENTURY MINE Gulf Country QLD
43.0 WYNDHAM AERO N Kimberley WA
43.0 WARMUN E Kimberley WA
43.0 WAVE HILL N Rivers NT
42.8 ARGYLE AERODROME E Kimberley WA

+7.5   35.6 BUNDABERG AERO Wide Bay/Burnett QLD
+6.8   34.6 KALBARRI Central West WA
+6.7   34.2 CARNARVON AIRPORT W Gascoyne WA
+6.3   36.7 ST LAWRENCE POST OFFICE Central Coast E QLD
+6.3   39.4 EMERALD AIRPORT Central Highlands QLD
+6.3   37.5 ROCKHAMPTON AERO Wide Bay/Burnett QLD

28.5 KIDMAN SPRINGS N Rivers NT
28.4 ELLIOTT N Plateau NT
28.0 NORTHERN ENDEAVOUR Islands ISL
27.9 DUM IN MIRRIE AWS N Rivers NT
27.6 BLACK POINT N Rivers NT

+6.1   25.6 MORANBAH WATER TREATMENT PLANT Central Coast W QLD
+4.9   25.7 RICHMOND POST OFFICE Upper Carpentaria QLD
+4.8   28.4 ELLIOTT N Plateau NT
+4.5   24.7 ST LAWRENCE POST OFFICE Central Coast E QLD
+4.4   25.0 CHARTERS TOWERS AIRPORT Central Coast W QLD
+4.4   23.4 CLERMONT POST OFFICE Central Highlands QLD

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

-1.0 THREDBO AWS Snowy Mtns NSW
-0.5 MT HOTHAM Upper NE VIC
0.0 MOUNT BULLER Upper NE VIC
1.0 MT BAW BAW W Gippsland VIC
1.5 CHARLOTTE PASS (KOSCIUSKO CHALET) Snowy Mtns NSW

-11.6   -1.0 THREDBO AWS Snowy Mtns NSW
-11.6   0.0 MOUNT BULLER Upper NE VIC
-10.6   1.5 CHARLOTTE PASS (KOSCIUSKO CHALET) Snowy Mtns NSW
-10.0   23.7 OODNADATTA AIRPORT NE Pastoral SA
-9.9   18.2 BALRANALD RSL Southwest Plains NSW
-9.9   14.2 YASS (LINTON HOSTEL) Goulburn/Monaro NSW
-9.9   12.3 TUMBARUMBA POST OFFICE SW Slopes S NSW

-4.0 THREDBO AWS Snowy Mtns NSW
-3.7 MT HOTHAM Upper NE VIC
-3.6 FALLS CREEK Upper NE VIC
-3.0 CHARLOTTE PASS (KOSCIUSKO CHALET) Snowy Mtns NSW
-3.0 MOUNT BULLER Upper NE VIC

-10.1   0.0 SALMON GUMS RES.STN. Goldfields WA
-9.2   0.5 MANGALORE AIRPORT N Central VIC
-8.7   3.5 NORSEMAN Goldfields WA
-8.7   5.8 BROKEN HILL AIRPORT AWS Lower Darling NSW
-8.7   4.6 TRANGIE RESEARCH STATION AWS CW Plains 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.

38.4 VESPER W Gippsland VIC
36.6 BEERBURRUM FOREST STN Brisbane/SE Coast QLD
35.8 BRIGHTON BOWLS CLUB Brisbane/SE Coast QLD
35.4 WOODFORD STANMORE Brisbane/SE Coast QLD
34.5 BOONDALL BCC Brisbane/SE Coast QLD

  Max+/- norm Min+/- normRain to 9am
BROOME AIRPORT 30.3 -3.2 24.8 -0.2 0.0
PERTH AIRPORT 27.3 +1.7 10.6 -2.0 0.0
ALBANY AIRPORT 16.1 -4.7 8.7 -1.9 0.4
KALGOORLIE-BOULDER AIRPORT 23.8 -5.1 8.9 -5.1 0.0
DARWIN AIRPORT 33.6 +0.4 27.3 +2.0 0.0
ALICE SPRINGS AIRPORT 26.7 -6.9 16.2 -1.6 0.0
ADELAIDE (KENT TOWN) 17.4 -7.2 10.3 -3.5 1.2
MOUNT GAMBIER AERO 14.1 -6.0 7.1 -1.1 2.4
CAIRNS AERO 30.7 +0.1 19.8 -2.5 0.0
TOWNSVILLE AERO 34.3 +3.6 24.7 +1.9 0.0
ROCKHAMPTON AERO 37.5 +6.3 23.6 +4.2 0.2
AMBERLEY AMO 30.5 +1.0 17.4 +1.1 0.4
BRISBANE AERO 30.3 18.8 18.4
ARMIDALE AIRPORT AWS 16.5 5.8 3.6
COFFS HARBOUR MO 24.3 -0.6 11.3 -4.7 0.0
NEWCASTLE NOBBYS SIGNAL STATION AWS 22.7 -0.9 12.9 -3.2 2.6
SYDNEY (OBSERVATORY HILL) 21.9 -1.7 12.9 -2.6 0.0
PROSPECT DAM 25.5 +0.4 8.3 -5.8 0.4
WOLLONGONG UNIVERSITY 20.8 -2.0 7.4 -7.0 0.0
CANBERRA AIRPORT 14.9 -7.6 4.8 -3.8 4.8
WAGGA WAGGA AMO 18.0 -7.4 4.0 -6.5 1.2
MILDURA AIRPORT 18.9 -8.3 5.9 -6.4 0.4
EAST SALE AIRPORT 15.1 -5.9 7.9 -1.5 3.4
MELBOURNE REGIONAL OFFICE 15.8 -6.0 8.3 -2.8 1.6
LAVERTON RAAF 15.8 -5.5 6.5 -3.4 1.8
BALLARAT AERODROME 11.9 -7.5 5.4 -2.3 5.4
LAUNCESTON AIRPORT 16.2 -2.5 5.1 -2.0 0.8
HOBART (ELLERSLIE ROAD) 14.3 -4.3 7.7 -1.5 1.4

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

NEW SOUTH WALES
    Illawarra
BELLAMBI AWS : 104(290/ 67 ) at 00:13
VICTORIA
    W Gippsland
WILSONS PROMONTORY LIGHTHOUSE : 115(230/ 89 ) at 05:01
KINGFISH B SHIP LOG 272 : 80(245/ 65 ) at 04:30
TASMANIA
    Southeast
MOUNT WELLINGTON : 72(230/ 63 ) at 20:30
TASMAN ISLAND : 83(190/ 65 ) at 06:52
ISLANDS
    Islands
HOGAN ISLAND : 85(240/ 67 ) at 01:52
LORD HOWE ISLAND AERO : 98(260/ 76 ) at 05:33