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Mid-summer frost blankets parts of NSW, VIC
Fires continue to burn north and southwest of Sydney
Heavy downpours in QLD, northern WA
Drought area expands in NSW

This morning's minimum temperatures (above) and departures from normal (below). BoM

Mid-summer frost blankets parts of NSW, VIC

Frost blanketed parts of central Victoria and the NSW Central Tablelands this morning that rarely see frost in January. Minimum temperatures between 3 and 6°, 8 to 11 below normal, were widespread along and inland from the Great Dividing Range, with sheltered upland areas recording minima of 1 or 2°. Centres in both states set new January minimum low records (see below).

Woodend VIC recorded an unofficial but reliable air minimum of 1.3 and a grass minimum of -1.1. Private climatic records taken at Trentham, 20km WSW of Woodend and at a similar altitude, have no record of frost-level temperatures in the first two weeks of January in at least the past century. While light frosts have been reported in the district in late January, none had been recorded at Trentham before the first week in February making this morning's occurrence likely to be the earliest frost in at least a century for the area.

The event was particularly dramatic in NSW, where at least five locations reported minima 15° colder than yesterday morning. In the NSW Upper Hunter Valley, Murrurundi had its coldest January morning in 38 years of record this morning (4.2°, 11 below normal). This was 18.9 degrees lower than yesterday's 23.1 which was the warmest January minimum at the site since 1987. Jerrys Plains minimum of 7.7 was its lowest for January in 43 years of record.

Fires continue to burn north and southwest of Sydney

Over 500 firefighters continued to work on major blazes in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park to the north of Sydney and a fire near Wilton in Wollondilly Shire, south west of the city. The northern fire has burnt through 1,000ha since it began yesterday, and has closed the National Park and many main access roads in the area. It flared again this afternoon, spotting in a southerly and southeasterly direction up to 1km downwind into urban areas, with the RFS placing residents of Terry Hills, Duffys Forest, Elvina Bay, Lovett Bay, Church Point, Bayview, Tower Bay and Scotland Island on alert, though no evacuations, apart from some children, were required nor damage to property reported.

Between Appin and Wilton, south of Campbelltown, 120 firefighters continued containment work on a fire which has so far burnt 550ha of bushland, including areas around Allens Creek and Cataract Gorge. No property was threatened.

Both fires are believed to have been started by arsonists.

Heavy downpours in QLD, northern WA

The trough that gave heavy rain in SE QLD yesterday retreated west to lie NW/SE through central QLD today. Storms again developed to the east of the trough this afternoon, one particularly active storm giving Emerald Airport 97mm between 6pm and midnight, of which 58.6mm fell between 8 and 9pm and a further 23.2mm from 9pm to 10pm. Storms were also widespread across the Kimberley early this morning, one giving West Roebuck, 30km ENE of Broome, 50mm of which 35.2mm fell in 30 minutes to 5.30am.

Areas of NSW suffering drought at the beginning of January 2004. NSW Agriculture

Drought area expands in NSW

The area of NSW drought declared increased during December. 86% of the state is now either in drought or marginal, with parts of Nyngan, Coonamble, Northern Slopes, Narrandera and South Coast Rural Land Protection Districts, and all of Goulburn, moving into drought during the month.

Also of concern is that all inland water storages continue to drop despite restrictions. Percentage of capacity in the major inland storages in early January were: Pindari 40%, Copeton 12, Split Rock 12, Keepit 12, Chaffey 37, Burrendong 23, Windamere 50, Wyangala 16, Lake Cargelligo 46, Burrinjuck 50, Blowering 49 and Hume 61%. Levels in Sydney's Warragamba dam have fallen below 60% for only the fifth time in more than 40 years.

News Sources: Clyve Herbert, Blair Trewin, NSW Agriculture Resource Information, ABC, NSW RFS, Daily Telegraph, 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 January
New South Wales:
061051 MURRURUNDI POST OFFICE 4.2 (4.5, 38)
061086 JERRYS PLAINS POST OFFICE 7.7 (7.8, 43)
069134 BATEMANS BAY (CATALINA COUNTRY CLUB) 6.6 (7.1, 12)
Victoria:
081123 BENDIGO AIRPORT 3.0 (3.7, 12)
082138 WANGARATTA AERO 3.5 (3.7, 16)

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

41.5 ISISFORD POST OFFICE Central West QLD
41.1 LONGREACH AERO Central West QLD
41.1 ENEABBA Central West WA
40.3 BARCALDINE POST OFFICE Central West QLD
40.3 BLACKALL AIRPORT Central West QLD

+7.6   39.3 GERALDTON AIRPORT Central West WA
+5.7   38.8 MILES POST OFFICE Darling Downs W QLD
+5.6   34.6 LANCELIN Lower West WA
+5.2   41.1 ENEABBA Central West WA
+4.7   40.3 BARCALDINE POST OFFICE Central West QLD
+4.7   39.7 CHARLEVILLE AERO Warrego QLD

29.0 NORTHERN ENDEAVOUR Islands ISL
28.6 GREEN ISLAND N Coast--Barron QLD
28.2 WILLIS ISLAND Islands ISL
28.0 POINT FAWCETT Islands ISL
27.9 TOWNSVILLE AERO N Coast--Herbert QLD

+5.7   24.8 NAMBOUR DPI Brisbane/SE Coast QLD
+5.0   24.5 KALBARRI Central West WA
+4.9   24.6 REDLANDS HRS Brisbane/SE Coast QLD
+4.5   24.5 LOGAN CITY WATER TREATMENT Brisbane/SE Coast QLD
+4.5   24.0 MURWILLUMBAH (BRAY PARK) North Coast NSW

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

7.3 MOUNT READ W Coast TAS
8.5 HARTZ MOUNTAIN (KEOGHS PIMPLE) Southeast TAS
9.6 MT HOTHAM Upper NE VIC
9.9 MOUNT WELLINGTON Southeast TAS
10.9 FALLS CREEK Upper NE VIC

-8.0   21.8 KEITH Mallee/Upper SE SA
-7.8   19.0 COONAWARRA Lower SE SA
-7.7   30.6 WATARRKA N Plateau NT
-7.7   24.2 COROWA AIRPORT Riverina E NSW
-7.3   22.5 HORSHAM (POLKEMMET) Wimmera S VIC

-13.6 CAPE JAFFA (CURLEY HILLS) Lower SE SA
-2.2 MT HOTHAM Upper NE VIC
-1.9 THREDBO AWS Snowy Mtns NSW
-1.5 CHARLOTTE PASS (KOSCIUSKO CHALET) Snowy Mtns NSW
-1.0 MOUNT BULLER Upper NE VIC

-11.0   4.2 MURRURUNDI POST OFFICE Hunter Valley NSW
-10.6   3.3 BENDIGO AIRPORT Upper North VIC
-10.6   3.5 WANGARATTA AERO Lower NE VIC
-10.1   4.8 COONABARABRAN (NAMOI STREET) CW Slopes N NSW
-10.0   1.4 STRATHBOGIE Lower NE VIC

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.

123.0 GLENHAVEN Wide Bay/Burnett QLD
107.0 BELGAMBA Central Coast E QLD
102.0 DUNMARA ROADHOUSE N Rivers NT
99.0 MONTO AIRPORT Wide Bay/Burnett QLD
85.0 BILOELA - VALBONA Wide Bay/Burnett QLD

WESTERN AUSTRALIA
    E Kimberley
61.8 MOUNT WINIFRED
53.8 KACHANA
    W Kimberley
50.0 WEST ROEBUCK
    W Gascoyne
54.0 MIDDALYA

NORTHERN TERRITORY
    N Rivers
102.0 DUNMARA ROADHOUSE
76.0 ELIZABETH DOWNS
67.0 EAST ARM
65.6 TANUMBIRINI
60.0 BUNDA
    N Plateau
66.7 RENNER SPRINGS
63.0 HELEN SPRINGS
54.8 ELLIOTT
52.0 WARREGO MINE

QUEENSLAND
    N Coast--Barron
53.6 MAREEBA QWRC
    Central Coast E
107.0 BELGAMBA
53.0 BLENHEIM STATION
    Wide Bay/Burnett
123.0 GLENHAVEN
99.0 MONTO AIRPORT
85.0 BILOELA - VALBONA
82.2 THANGOOL AIRPORT
82.0 GOOMINGLAH
73.0 WINGFIELD
72.8 UBOBO STORE
68.4 BUILYAN GUM STREET
62.4 TABLE TOPS
61.0 LOVANDEE
57.6 TOWN OF 1770
53.0 KAGEON
52.2 CALLIDE OPEN CUT
51.2 MIARA

TASMANIA
    W Coast
51.8 MOUNT READ

  Max+/- norm Min+/- normRain to 9am
BROOME AIRPORT 31.6 -1.8 23.6 -2.7 8.8
PERTH AIRPORT 35.2 +3.7 18.4 +1.5 0.0
ALBANY AIRPORT 22.7 -2.2 14.5 +0.9 0.0
KALGOORLIE-BOULDER AIRPORT 29.7 -3.9 14.6 -3.6 0.0
DARWIN AIRPORT 30.0 -1.8 23.5 -1.3 34.4
ALICE SPRINGS AIRPORT 30.6 -5.6 22.4 +1.1 0.0
ADELAIDE (KENT TOWN) 23.0 -5.9 13.4 -3.5 0.0
MOUNT GAMBIER AERO 18.7 -6.4 11.3 +0.3 0.8
CAIRNS AERO 34.2 +2.8 26.0 +2.4 0.0
TOWNSVILLE AERO 34.8 +3.5 27.9 +3.7 0.0
ROCKHAMPTON AERO 32.5 +0.6 22.7 +0.7 12.6
BRISBANE AERO 29.9 24.7 0.8
AMBERLEY AMO 33.2 +2.1 23.1 +3.5 0.0
ARMIDALE AIRPORT AWS 29.3 8.7 0.2
COFFS HARBOUR MO 27.9 +1.1 23.2 +3.8 0.0
NEWCASTLE NOBBYS SIGNAL STATION AWS 24.6 -1.0 17.1 -2.0 0.0
SYDNEY (OBSERVATORY HILL) 26.1 +0.3 16.3 -2.3 0.0
PROSPECT DAM 30.7 +2.7 11.7 -5.8 0.0
WOLLONGONG UNIVERSITY 25.8 +0.2 14.8 -3.1 0.0
CANBERRA AIRPORT 25.3 -2.5 7.5 -5.5 0.0
WAGGA WAGGA AMO 27.7 -3.7 7.3 -8.8 0.0
MILDURA AIRPORT 27.3 -4.8 9.2 -7.3 0.0
EAST SALE AIRPORT 25.8 +0.5 8.4 -4.3 0.6
MELBOURNE REGIONAL OFFICE 25.4 -0.4 11.8 -2.4 0.2
LAVERTON RAAF 26.0 +0.4 9.8 -3.8 0.0
BALLARAT AERODROME 20.6 -4.3 3.4 -7.4 0.8
LAUNCESTON AIRPORT 19.8 -3.4 8.5 -1.7 0.0
HOBART (ELLERSLIE ROAD) 22.8 +1.2 11.2 -0.6 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
    W Kimberley
DERBY AERO
7.8mm in 13 min to 14:50 36.0mm/h
15.6mm in 1 hr to 15:00 15.6mm/h
16.0mm in 3 hr to 15:00 5.3mm/h
WEST ROEBUCK
35.2mm in 30 min to 05:30 70.4mm/h
38.6mm in 1 hr to 05:30 38.6mm/h
10.4mm in 30 min to 06:00 20.8mm/h
45.6mm in 1 hr to 06:00 45.6mm/h
49.0mm in 3 hr to 06:00 16.3mm/h
11.6mm in 1 hr to 06:30 11.6mm/h
    Interior
NORTHERN TERRITORY
    N Rivers
JABIRU AIRPORT
20.0mm in 3 hr to 15:00 6.7mm/h
19.6mm in 1 hr to 15:30 19.6mm/h
CHANNEL POINT
63.0mm in 6 hr to 15:30 10.5mm/h
DUM IN MIRRIE AWS
16.4mm in 1 hr to 12:30 16.4mm/h
15.0mm in 3 hr to 12:30 5.0mm/h
16.4mm in 1 hr to 15:30 16.4mm/h
34.0mm in 3 hr to 15:30 11.3mm/h
MCARTHUR RIVER MINE
9.0mm in 13 min to 17:00 41.5mm/h
20.0mm in 1 hr to 18:00 20.0mm/h
30.0mm in 3 hr to 18:30 10.0mm/h
CENTRAL ARNHEM PLATEAU
33.0mm in 3 hr to 15:30 11.0mm/h
16.0mm in 3 hr to 18:30 5.3mm/h
TINDAL RAAF
12.2mm in 1 hr to 11:30 12.2mm/h
DELAMERE WEAPONS RANGE
11.6mm in 1 hr to 17:30 11.6mm/h
BRADSHAW
16.0mm in 3 hr to 12:00 5.3mm/h
    N Plateau
RABBIT FLAT
19.0mm in 3 hr to 00:30 6.3mm/h
QUEENSLAND
    S Peninsula
PALMERVILLE
12.0mm in 1 hr to 19:00 12.0mm/h
    Gulf Country
KOWANYAMA AIRPORT
18.0mm in 1 hr to 03:00 18.0mm/h
19.0mm in 3 hr to 03:00 6.3mm/h
MORNINGTON ISLAND
33.4mm in 1 hr 30 min to 10:30 22.3mm/h
35.0mm in 3 hr to 12:00 11.7mm/h
    N Coast--Barron
MAREEBA AIRPORT
16.6mm in 1 hr 3 min to 16:00 15.8mm/h
17.0mm in 3 hr to 18:00 5.7mm/h
    Central Highlands
EMERALD AIRPORT
4.8mm in 12 min to 20:00 24.0mm/h
58.6mm in 1 hr to 21:00 58.6mm/h
68.0mm in 3 hr to 21:00 22.7mm/h
23.2mm in 1 hr to 22:00 23.2mm/h
    Wide Bay/Burnett
GLADSTONE RADAR
12.8mm in 1 hr to 00:00 12.8mm/h
47.0mm in 3 hr to 00:00 15.7mm/h
TOWN OF 1770
57.0mm in 9 hr to 06:00 6.3mm/h
GLADSTONE AIRPORT
15.0mm in 3 hr to 00:00 5.0mm/h

QUEENSLAND
    Wide Bay/Burnett
HERON ISLAND RES STN : 83(210/ 70 ) at 00:09
    Brisbane/SE Coast
CAPE MORETON LIGHTHOUSE : 82(150/ 72 ) at 10:00
VICTORIA
    W Gippsland
WILSONS PROMONTORY LIGHTHOUSE : 93(260/ 74 ) at 04:49
KINGFISH B SHIP LOG 272 : 74(269/ 63 ) at 00:00
TASMANIA
    N Coast
CAPE GRIM BAPS : 91(270/ 67 ) at 00:00
    E Coast
SWAN ISLAND : 82(300/ 65 ) at 17:00
    Southeast
MAATSUYKER ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE : 117(310/100 ) at 04:16
MOUNT WELLINGTON : 124(250/ 98 ) at 04:30
HARTZ MOUNTAIN (KEOGHS PIMPLE) : 108(280/ 50 ) at 20:32
CAPE BRUNY (CAPE BRUNY) : 91(270/ 67 ) at 05:01
    Flinders Is/Bass St
FLINDERS ISLAND AIRPORT : 76(260/ 65 ) at 04:37
ISLANDS
    Islands
HOGAN ISLAND : 96(270/ 78 ) at 00:56