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Heat continues as rain, storms, gales, duststorms and fog arrive in the south
Storms produce wind damage in WA Murchison

Above: Maximum temperatures (left) and departures from normal (right)
Below: Minimum temperatures (left) and departures from normal (right). BoM

Heat continues as rain, storms, gales, duststorms and fog arrive in the south

Heat continued to dominate the continent today, as the first significant cold front in weeks swept across SA, VIC and TAS. Daytime temperatures again rose over 40° for most of the country away from the seabord, Birdsville topscoring with 47.8. Oodnadatta rated the nation's most uncomfortable night with a minimum this morning of 34.2. After a top of 47.1, the temperature at Oodnadatta was still 42.2 at 10.30pm, not dropping below 40 until just before midnight this evening.

Moisture that is being transported south across WA then east across Central Australia from the active monsoonal trough over the WA Kimberley interacted with a signicant cold front moving through southern SA, VIC and TAS today, producing a mixed bag of weather. In SA, there were strong winds around Adelaide with the passage of the front soon before 6am, with gusts to 111km/h atop Mt Lofty, 95 at Noarlunga and 93 at Kuitpo. Thick fog descended on the Adelaide Hills as the temperature dropped after the front, and rain fell from a broad but light rainband.

Thunderstorms developed on the front as it reached SE SA, and intensified as they moved rapidly east across VIC during the morning, dying out through Central VIC around midday. Winds with the storms brought down trees and powerlines in Bendigo, blacking out 545 homes and city traffic lights. Lightning damage blacked out 9,000 homes around Charlton for 6 hours and 1,000 around Castlemaine for 3 hours. A dozen grassfires were started by lightning around Ararat and Ballarat, giving the CFA a brief busy time before rain from the thunderstorms dowsed the fires. Rain from the storms and a following rainband gave widespread falls of 10 to 25mm through western and central VIC, and lesser amounts during the evening as the rainband died out in eastern VIC. Severe winds also caused damage to trees and buildings at Bemm River in the early afternoon.

In Melbourne, the front dropped the temperature from a steamy 30 at 8.35am to 24° 15 minutes later. The front produced a wind gust of 106km/h at Eildon Fire Tower on the western side of Lake Eildon at 10.39am, and a gust of 119km/h and a 10-minute average wind of 100km/h on Hogan Island, 50km ESE of Wilsons Promontory, at 12.30pm.

A trough extending north from the cold front did not bring rain, storms or cooler temperatures, but did produce dust storms during the afternoon and evening in NSW. Bureau observers reported dust storms at Hay between 12.20 and 1pm and at Wilcannia from 6.30pm (with a temperature of 45.4!), while visibility at Tibooburra at the 9pm observation was 900m (with a temperature of 41.9).

Violent storm hits Tennant Creek NT

A late afternoon thunderstorm gave Tennant Creek Airport a wind gust of 98km/h and dumped 39mm of rain in 52 minutes. Trees were felled and power supplies interrupted in the town.

Storms produce wind damage in WA Murchison

Thunderstorms this afternoon and evening produced some strong winds in central northern areas of the state. Meekatharra Airport recorded a 10 minute average windspeed of 63km/h around 9.30pm, while wind damage was reported at Bunnawarra and Thundelarra stations, 140km WSW and 120km SW of Mt Magnet in the Murchison.

National weather extremes for today

Data provided by the Bureau of Meteorology

Records set this day: (none known)

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 22:17EST, 27/10/2004.

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

47.8 BIRDSVILLE POLICE STATION Channel Country QLD
47.1 OODNADATTA AIRPORT NE Pastoral SA
47.0 BIRDSVILLE AIRPORT Channel Country QLD
46.8 MARREE NE Pastoral SA
46.8 WHITE CLIFFS POST OFFICE Far Northwest NSW

+15.2   38.6 POINT HICKS (LIGHTHOUSE) E Gippsland VIC
+13.0   36.5 LAKES ENTRANCE E Gippsland VIC
+12.5   37.8 ORBOST (COMPARISON) E Gippsland VIC
+12.3   45.0 BROKEN HILL (PATTON STREET) Lower Darling NSW
+11.8   46.0 MENINDEE POST OFFICE Lower Darling NSW

34.2 OODNADATTA AIRPORT NE Pastoral SA
33.6 COOBER PEDY AIRPORT NW Pastoral SA
31.1 BIRDSVILLE AIRPORT Channel Country QLD
30.9 WOOMERA AERODROME NW Pastoral SA
30.7 ANDAMOOKA NW Pastoral SA

+12.2   30.6 BROKEN HILL (PATTON STREET) Lower Darling NSW
+11.9   28.3 GAWLER RANGES (NONNING) NW Pastoral SA
+11.8   25.0 YONGALA Upper North SA
+11.6   30.9 WOOMERA AERODROME NW Pastoral SA
+11.5   34.2 OODNADATTA AIRPORT NE Pastoral SA

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

10.8 MOUNT READ W Coast TAS
12.7 MOUNT WELLINGTON Southeast TAS
14.6 MAATSUYKER ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE Southeast TAS
15.6 HARTZ MOUNTAIN (KEOGHS PIMPLE) Southeast TAS
16.8 STRATHGORDON VILLAGE W Coast TAS

-9.2   19.5 ONGERUP Cent Wheatbelt WA
-7.5   33.5 MARBLE BAR COMPARISON E Pilbara WA
-7.5   22.8 KATANNING COMPARISON Cent Wheatbelt WA
-6.8   34.1 PANNAWONICA W Pilbara WA
-6.0   23.7 LONGERENONG Wimmera S VIC

3.4 LAKE ST CLAIR NATIONAL PARK Central Plateau TAS
4.9 MOUNT READ W Coast TAS
5.2 MOUNT WELLINGTON Southeast TAS
5.3 LIAWENEE Central Plateau TAS
6.7 SMITHTON AERODROME N Coast TAS
6.7 CRESSY RESEARCH STATION N Coast TAS

-4.6   14.5 KAIRI RESEARCH STATION N Coast--Barron QLD
-4.4   19.7 ELLIOTT N Plateau NT
-4.1   20.0 CROYDON TOWNSHIP Gulf Country QLD
-3.5   7.6 WYNYARD AIRPORT N Coast TAS
-3.2   17.0 WALKAMIN DPI N Coast--Barron QLD

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.

53.0 BORROLOOLA N Rivers NT
52.8 BAROON POCKET DAM Brisbane/SE Coast QLD
45.0 STRATHMAY STATION N Peninsula QLD
44.8 KENDALL RIVER STATION N Peninsula QLD
44.0 MALENY DENNING RD Brisbane/SE Coast QLD

NORTHERN TERRITORY
    N Rivers
53.0 BORROLOOLA

QUEENSLAND
    N Peninsula
45.0 STRATHMAY STATION
44.8 KENDALL RIVER STATION
    Brisbane/SE Coast
52.8 BAROON POCKET DAM
44.0 MALENY DENNING RD

  Max+/- norm Min+/- normRain to 9am
BROOME AIRPORT 32.6 -0.8 25.1 -1.2 1.2
PERTH AIRPORT 35.6 +4.1 17.6 +0.7 0.0
ALBANY AIRPORT 21.1 -3.8 12.8 -0.8 0.0
KALGOORLIE-BOULDER AIRPORT 32.0 -1.6 19.2 +1.0 0.4
DARWIN AIRPORT 33.8 +2.0 27.3 +2.5 0.0
ALICE SPRINGS AIRPORT 44.2 +8.0 25.4 +4.1 0.0
ADELAIDE (KENT TOWN) 29.3 +0.4 22.8 +5.9 0.8
MOUNT GAMBIER AERO 21.6 -3.5 14.4 +3.4 8.6
CAIRNS AERO 31.3 -0.1 21.1 -2.5 0.0
TOWNSVILLE AERO 32.8 +1.5 25.2 +1.0 0.0
ROCKHAMPTON AERO 33.6 +1.7 22.9 +0.9 0.4
BRISBANE AERO 28.5 22.8 5.6
AMBERLEY AMO 30.0 -1.1 22.0 +2.4 1.8
ARMIDALE AIRPORT AWS 31.3 13.0 0.0
COFFS HARBOUR MO 28.8 +2.0 20.5 +1.1 0.0
NEWCASTLE NOBBYS SIGNAL STATION AWS 22.7 -2.9 18.4 -0.7 0.0
SYDNEY (OBSERVATORY HILL) 29.2 +3.4 21.7 +3.1 0.0
PROSPECT DAM 35.4 +7.4 22.5 +5.0 0.0
WOLLONGONG UNIVERSITY 27.5 +1.9 21.6 +3.7 0.0
CANBERRA AIRPORT 37.6 +9.8 15.0 +2.0 0.0
WAGGA WAGGA AMO 41.9 +10.5 23.0 +6.9 0.0
MILDURA AIRPORT 33.7 +1.6 22.9 +6.4 0.0
EAST SALE AIRPORT 24.8 -0.5 17.6 +4.9 0.0
MELBOURNE REGIONAL OFFICE 29.5 +3.7 18.9 +4.7 0.0
LAVERTON RAAF 23.7 -1.9 14.8 +1.2 1.4
BALLARAT AERODROME 21.0 -3.9 17.6 +6.8 2.6
LAUNCESTON AIRPORT 24.5 +1.3 8.2 -2.0 0.0
HOBART (ELLERSLIE ROAD) 22.6 +1.0 13.4 +1.6 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
    Goldfields
SOUTHERN CROSS AIRFIELD
5.6mm in 6 min to 17:04 56.0mm/h
15.0mm in 3 hr to 18:00 5.0mm/h
NORTHERN TERRITORY
    N Rivers
MIDDLE POINT AWS
12.0mm in 21 min to 18:30 34.3mm/h
17.0mm in 1 hr to 18:30 17.0mm/h
17.0mm in 3 hr to 21:30 5.7mm/h
BATCHELOR AERO
22.0mm in 40 min to 18:30 33.0mm/h
22.0mm in 1 hr to 18:30 22.0mm/h
18.0mm in 3 hr to 21:00 6.0mm/h
NGUKURR
15.0mm in 3 hr to 09:30 5.0mm/h
LARRIMAH
27.0mm in 3 hr to 12:30 9.0mm/h
WOLLOGORANG
40.0mm in 6 hr to 03:30 6.7mm/h
BORROLOOLA
22.0mm in 14 min to 03:30 94.3mm/h
22.0mm in 1 hr to 03:30 22.0mm/h
26.2mm in 17 min to 03:47 92.5mm/h
53.0mm in 3 hr to 06:30 17.7mm/h
    N Plateau
ELLIOTT
32.0mm in 3 hr to 09:30 10.7mm/h
TENNANT CREEK AIRPORT
39.0mm in 52 min to 18:30 45.0mm/h
39.6mm in 1 hr to 18:30 39.6mm/h
QUEENSLAND
    Brisbane/SE Coast
HERVEY BAY AIRPORT
11.2mm in 1 hr to 20:00 11.2mm/h

WESTERN AUSTRALIA
    E Gascoyne
MEEKATHARRA AIRPORT : 76(320/ 63 ) at 21:28
NORTHERN TERRITORY
    N Plateau
TENNANT CREEK AIRPORT : 98( 90/ 63 ) at 17:38
SOUTH AUSTRALIA
    Adelaide/Lofty
MOUNT LOFTY : 111(270/ 46 ) at 05:43
NOARLUNGA : 95(260/ 30 ) at 05:28
KUITPO FOREST RESERVE : 93(230/ 43 ) at 05:40
VICTORIA
    Wimmera N
NHILL AERODROME : 83(250/ 63 ) at 07:39
    W Gippsland
WILSONS PROMONTORY LIGHTHOUSE : 108(260/ 87 ) at 13:32
KINGFISH B SHIP LOG 272 : 80(257/ 67 ) at 12:10
    N Central
EILDON FIRE TOWER : 106(260/ 89 ) at 10:39
    W Coast
AIREYS INLET : 98(310/ 67 ) at 09:31
TASMANIA
    Southeast
MAATSUYKER ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE : 85(300/ 78 ) at 16:00
MOUNT WELLINGTON : 87(240/ 70 ) at 19:00
ISLANDS
    Islands
HOGAN ISLAND : 119(290/100 ) at 12:30