Wednesday 12 NOV 2003

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Records fall in WA Southwest as heatwave continues

Maximum temperatures today (above) and their departures from normal (below). BoM
Below: Minimum temperature departures from normal this morning. BoM

WA's heatwave continued today with records for high maximum and minimum temperatures falling at a number of centres in the Southwest and Central West. Donnybrook, Bridgetown, Manjimup, Pemberton and Albany, locations with around 40 years or more of computerised records, all set new November highs. Albany Airport's top of 39.2 easily eclipsed the previous record of 38.1, though sea breezes kept most of the town considerably cooler in a remarkable demonstration of the temperature difference a sea breeze can make. At 3pm the temperature at the Airport, 11km north of town, was 38.8 while the Town thermometer, close to the Southern Ocean, read only 24.5.

Last night was Perth's warmest for November by a long shot. The lowest temperature recorded at the airport was 26.3. The previous highest November minimum in records going back to 1944 was 22.0 in 1972. At Gosnells, 20km SE of Perth CBD, the temperature didn't fall below 27.5. Other November record-breaking high minima were 26.8 at Beverley (previous 25.5 in 33 years of record), 24.4 at Brookton (22.5, 35), 23.0 at Dwellingup (21.0, 43), 22.3 at Karnet (22.0, 31), and 24.8 at Morawa (24.5, 38).

In the wheatbelt east of Perth, Narembeen set a new high of 41.6 while Northam, which set a new November record of 42.6 yesterday, broke that again with a reading of 42.8 today. On the second day of over 40° heat in the area, over 40 scrub fires kept firefighters busy while late afternoon thunderstorms blacked out a thousand residents in the northeast when lightning blew fuses in pole-top equipment.

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):
Highest daily maximum temperature for November
Western Australia:
009510 BRIDGETOWN COMPARISON 38.2 (37.8, 46)
009534 DONNYBROOK 39.1 (38.2, 44)
009573 MANJIMUP 38.7 (37.4, 43)
009592 PEMBERTON 38.0 (37.0, 44)
009741 ALBANY AIRPORT 39.2 (38.1, 38)
009871 WINDY HARBOUR 37.2 (33.6, 15)
010111 NORTHAM 42.8 (42.6, 35) previous record set yesterday
010612 NAREMBEEN 41.6 (41.1, 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

44.9 CENTURY MINE Gulf Country QLD
43.1 MORAWA Central West WA
43.0 DALWALLINU Central West WA
43.0 CARNAMAH Central West WA
42.8 NORTHAM Cent Wheatbelt WA
42.8 CUNDERDIN AIRFIELD Cent Wheatbelt WA

+18.4   39.2 ALBANY AIRPORT Lower West WA
+17.1   38.8 MOUNT BARKER Lower West WA
+17.0   38.7 MANJIMUP Lower West WA
+16.8   38.0 PEMBERTON Lower West WA
+16.5   37.2 WINDY HARBOUR Lower West WA

29.0 NORTHERN ENDEAVOUR Islands ISL
27.6 MOUNT MAGNET AERO E Gascoyne WA
27.5 GOSNELLS CITY Lower West WA
27.2 TROUGHTON ISLAND N Kimberley WA
27.0 KURI BAY N Kimberley WA

+15.5   26.8 BEVERLEY Cent Wheatbelt WA
+14.2   26.8 GOOMALLING Cent Wheatbelt WA
+13.7   26.3 PERTH AIRPORT Lower West WA
+13.6   24.4 BROOKTON Cent Wheatbelt WA
+13.4   27.5 GOSNELLS CITY Lower West WA

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

4.1 MOUNT WELLINGTON Southeast TAS
5.4 HARTZ MOUNTAIN (KEOGHS PIMPLE) Southeast TAS
7.7 MOUNT READ W Coast TAS
9.5 STRATHGORDON VILLAGE W Coast TAS
9.7 SCOTTS PEAK DAM W Coast TAS

-6.2   9.5 STRATHGORDON VILLAGE W Coast TAS
-5.5   16.4 BUNDOORA (LATROBE UNIVERSITY) E Central VIC
-5.2   15.0 NOOJEE (SLIVAR) W Gippsland VIC
-5.2   16.1 MOORABBIN AIRPORT E Central VIC
-5.2   14.5 BUSHY PARK (BUSHY PARK ESTATES) Derwent Valley TAS

-1.8 MOUNT WELLINGTON Southeast TAS
-0.4 CHARLOTTE PASS (KOSCIUSKO CHALET) Snowy Mtns NSW
-0.3 MOUNT READ W Coast TAS
0.0 MT BAW BAW W Gippsland VIC
0.1 LIAWENEE Central Plateau TAS

-5.6   5.2 CAPE NORTHUMBERLAND Lower SE SA
-4.7   6.4 ROSEDALE (TURRETFIELD RESEARCH CENTRE) Adelaide/Lofty SA
-4.7   4.0 LAUNCESTON (TI TREE BEND) N Coast TAS
-4.5   6.0 COONABARABRAN (NAMOI STREET) CW Slopes N NSW
-4.3   4.6 LONGERENONG Wimmera S VIC
-4.3   2.8 LAUNCESTON AIRPORT N 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.

52.4 MINJILANG N Rivers NT
49.0 MARANBOY HILL N Rivers NT
47.4 UPPER WATERHOUSE RIVER N Rivers NT
44.6 WAGAIT BEACH N Rivers NT
44.0 MIDDLE POINT N Rivers NT

NORTHERN TERRITORY
    N Rivers
52.4 MINJILANG
49.0 MARANBOY HILL
47.4 UPPER WATERHOUSE RIVER
44.6 WAGAIT BEACH
44.0 MIDDLE POINT

  Max+/- norm Min+/- normRain to 9am
BROOME AIRPORT 31.8 -1.7 24.8 -0.2 0.0
PERTH AIRPORT 38.7 +13.1 26.3 +13.7 0.0
ALBANY AIRPORT 39.2 +18.4 15.2 +4.6 0.0
KALGOORLIE-BOULDER AIRPORT 38.4 +9.5 17.9 +3.9 0.0
DARWIN AIRPORT 32.3 -0.9 21.8 -3.5 38.0
ALICE SPRINGS AIRPORT 32.4 -1.2 18.7 +0.9 0.0
ADELAIDE (KENT TOWN) 26.2 +1.6 12.4 -1.4 0.0
MOUNT GAMBIER AERO 18.1 -2.0 6.2 -2.0 0.0
CAIRNS AERO 31.6 +1.0 22.3 0.0 0.4
TOWNSVILLE AERO 31.0 +0.3 23.7 +0.9 0.0
ROCKHAMPTON AERO 31.2 0.0 19.4 0.0 0.0
AMBERLEY AMO 33.8 +4.3 12.7 -3.6 0.0
BRISBANE AERO 26.8 16.2 0.0
ARMIDALE AIRPORT AWS 26.5 10.9 /
COFFS HARBOUR MO 25.6 +0.7 15.2 -0.8 0.0
NEWCASTLE NOBBYS SIGNAL STATION AWS 20.0 -3.6 17.0 +0.9 0.0
SYDNEY (OBSERVATORY HILL) 22.7 -0.9 18.0 +2.5 0.0
PROSPECT DAM 22.8 -2.3 17.3 +3.2 0.0
WOLLONGONG UNIVERSITY 20.7 -2.1 15.7 +1.3 0.0
CANBERRA AIRPORT 27.1 +4.6 9.5 +0.9 0.0
WAGGA WAGGA AMO 29.2 +3.8 9.5 -1.0 0.0
MILDURA AIRPORT 28.7 +1.5 13.0 +0.7 0.0
EAST SALE AIRPORT 19.3 -1.7 9.1 -0.3 0.0
MELBOURNE REGIONAL OFFICE 18.2 -3.6 13.5 +2.4 0.0
LAVERTON RAAF 16.8 -4.5 12.5 +2.6 0.0
BALLARAT AERODROME 16.4 -3.0 7.7 0.0 0.0
LAUNCESTON AIRPORT 19.4 +0.7 2.8 -4.3 0.0
HOBART (ELLERSLIE ROAD) 15.9 -2.7 9.4 +0.2 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.
NORTHERN TERRITORY
    Darwin-Daly
DARWIN AIRPORT
10.2mm in 10 min to 04:30 61.2mm/h
12.2mm in 1 hr to 04:30 12.2mm/h
15.8mm in 21 min to 04:51 45.1mm/h
31.2mm in 1 hr to 05:00 31.2mm/h
23.0mm in 1 hr to 05:30 23.0mm/h
36.0mm in 3 hr to 06:00 12.0mm/h
DARWIN AIRPORT COMPARISON
34.0mm in 3 hr to 06:00 11.3mm/h
MIDDLE POINT AWS
9.4mm in 20 min to 02:50 28.2mm/h
15.4mm in 1 hr to 03:30 15.4mm/h
CAPE DON
21.0mm in 3 hr to 17:00 7.0mm/h
21.0mm in 3 hr to 18:00 7.0mm/h
    Arnhem
MANINGRIDA
18.0mm in 3 hr to 21:00 6.0mm/h
ISLANDS
    Islands
POINT FAWCETT
14.0mm in 48 min to 13:18 17.5mm/h
15.6mm in 1 hr to 13:30 15.6mm/h
21.0mm in 3 hr to 15:00 7.0mm/h
17.8mm in 1 hr to 15:30 17.8mm/h

WESTERN AUSTRALIA
    Cent Wheatbelt
CUNDERDIN AIRFIELD : 95(310/ 69 ) at 17:39
VICTORIA
    W Gippsland
WILSONS PROMONTORY LIGHTHOUSE : 85(240/ 72 ) at 03:30
TASMANIA
    Southeast
MAATSUYKER ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE : 106(300/ 80 ) at 05:27
MOUNT WELLINGTON : 95(240/ 76 ) at 06:00
TASMAN ISLAND : 98(190/ 76 ) at 13:43
HARTZ MOUNTAIN(KEOGHS PIMPLE) : 87(250/ 69 ) at 16:00
CAPE BRUNY (CAPE BRUNY) : 74(240/ 65 ) at 06:07
ISLANDS
    Islands
HOGAN ISLAND : 85(250/ 74 ) at 18:30