Sunday 30 MAY 2004

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Low temperatures continue to set records

Minimum (above, ) and maximum (below,) temperature departures from normal today. BoM

Low temperatures continue to set records

May minimum temperature records fell in three states this morning as low night and day temperatures continued nearly nationwide.

In WA, Murchison, 600km N of Perth, set a new 14-year May low of 1.8. On the NSW Mid North Coast, Kempsey's minimum of 1.0 was its lowest May reading in 31 years while Mt Seaview in the mountains 60km to the southwest recorded -0.6, its lowest May minimum in 35 years. Oakey on the Western Darling Downs of QLD plummeted to -4.1, its coldest May morning in 31 years of record and 12.5° below normal for May. On the western outskirts of Brisbane, Amberley reported a low of -0.8, 11 below.

The coldest places in the country were again on the NSW Northern Tablelands where Woolbrook reported a numbing -8.9, closely followed by -8.2 at Glen Innes Airport and -6.9 at Armidale Uni.

Daytime temperatures were again exceptionally low over northern WA and western NT . In WA, the area of low cloud and cold surface temperatures that has been drifting northwest then west from Central Australia over the past few days moved into the Pilbara today giving maxima of 17.1 at Marble Bar and 18.6 on the coast at Mandora, both over 13 below normal. Marble Bar's record low May maximum in nearly 50 years was 16.2, while Mandora's over 38 years has been 17.4. Broome recorded a high of 19.3, the second day in a row the town has broken its previous 62 year May record. The second blob of cold maxima shown on the map, over the Victoria River region of the NT, resulted in a 15° below average reading of 17.0 at Victoria River Downs.

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 May
Western Australia
006099 MURCHISON 1.8 (2.0, 14)
Queensland
041359 OAKEY AERO -4.1 (-3.9, 31)
New South Wales
059017 KEMPSEY (WIDE STREET) 1.0 (1.4, 31)
060085 YARRAS (MOUNT SEAVIEW) -0.6 (-0.1, 35)

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

31.6 KOWANYAMA AIRPORT Gulf Country QLD
31.5 NORMANTON AIRPORT Gulf Country QLD
31.3 MCARTHUR RIVER MINE N Rivers NT
30.7 COCONUT ISLAND N Peninsula QLD
30.5 BURKETOWN AIRPORT Gulf Country QLD

+3.4   16.8 CAPE BRUNY LIGHTHOUSE Southeast TAS
+2.8   17.3 GROVE RESEARCH STATION Southeast TAS
+2.6   17.0 HOBART (ELLERSLIE ROAD) Southeast TAS
+2.5   21.0 ALBANY Lower West WA
+2.5   28.6 ROLLESTON METEOR ST Central Highlands QLD

25.8 COCONUT ISLAND N Peninsula QLD
25.5 COCOS ISLAND AIRPORT Islands ISL
25.3 HORN ISLAND N Peninsula QLD
25.0 WARRUWI N Rivers NT
24.5 OENPELLI N Rivers NT

+4.5   20.0 WOLLOGORANG N Rivers NT
+3.9   9.0 WYNYARD AIRPORT N Coast TAS
+3.1   15.7 CAPE NATURALISTE Lower West WA
+3.0   9.7 DEVONPORT AIRPORT N Coast TAS
+2.9   24.0 ALYANGULA POLICE N Rivers NT
+2.9   11.5 MENINGIE Murray Valley SA
+2.9   12.0 CAPE NORTHUMBERLAND Lower SE SA
+2.9   13.1 ROBE Lower SE SA
+2.9   7.1 GROVE RESEARCH STATION Southeast TAS

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

1.1 MT HOTHAM Upper NE VIC
1.6 FALLS CREEK Upper NE VIC
3.0 MOUNT BULLER Upper NE VIC
3.7 THREDBO AWS Snowy Mtns NSW
4.0 MT BAW BAW W Gippsland VIC

-15.0   17.0 VICTORIA RIVER DOWNS N Rivers NT
-13.6   17.1 MARBLE BAR COMPARISON E Pilbara WA
-13.6   15.4 TELFER AERO Interior WA
-13.5   19.5 TIMBER CREEK N Rivers NT
-13.3   18.6 MANDORA E Pilbara WA

-8.9 WOOLBROOK (DANGLEMAH ROAD) NW Slopes S NSW
-8.2 GLEN INNES AIRPORT AWS N Tablelands W NSW
-6.9 ARMIDALE (UNI NEW ENGLAND) N Tablelands W NSW
-5.5 YOUNG AIRPORT SW Slopes N NSW
-5.2 MT HOTHAM Upper NE VIC

-12.5   -4.1 OAKEY AERO Darling Downs E QLD
-11.4   -8.9 WOOLBROOK (DANGLEMAH ROAD) NW Slopes S NSW
-11.0   -0.8 AMBERLEY AMO Brisbane/SE Coast QLD
-10.2   -0.6 YARRAS (MOUNT SEAVIEW) MidNorth Coast S NSW
-10.1   -5.0 TENTERFIELD (FEDERATION PARK) N Tablelands W 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.

66.0 MOUNT READ W Coast TAS
52.6 CRADLE VALLEY (WALDHEIM) Central Plateau TAS
36.8 YUENDUMU N Plateau NT
31.4 SOUTH QUEENSTOWN W Coast TAS
31.4 BEAGLE BAY W Kimberley WA

WESTERN AUSTRALIA
    W Kimberley
31.4 BEAGLE BAY

NORTHERN TERRITORY
    N Plateau
36.8 YUENDUMU

TASMANIA
    Central Plateau
52.6 CRADLE VALLEY (WALDHEIM)
    W Coast
66.0 MOUNT READ
31.4 SOUTH QUEENSTOWN

  Max+/- norm Min+/- normRain to 9am
BROOME AIRPORT 19.3 -12.2 12.6 -5.6 6.0
PERTH AIRPORT 21.6 0.0 3.8 -6.6 0.0
ALBANY AIRPORT 20.2 +1.3 6.6 -3.2 0.0
KALGOORLIE-BOULDER AIRPORT 20.3 -0.3 5.6 -3.0 0.0
DARWIN AIRPORT 26.6 -5.4 18.0 -4.1 1.0
ALICE SPRINGS AIRPORT 12.7 -10.3 8.7 +0.4 1.4
ADELAIDE (KENT TOWN) 18.2 -0.7 8.7 -1.5 0.0
MOUNT GAMBIER AERO 17.4 +1.3 8.4 +1.1 2.4
CAIRNS AERO 25.6 -2.0 20.5 +0.7 0.0
TOWNSVILLE AERO 26.1 -1.5 12.4 -5.2 0.0
ROCKHAMPTON AERO 24.2 -1.7 10.1 -4.1 0.0
AMBERLEY AMO 20.6 -3.3 -0.8 -11.0 0.0
BRISBANE AERO 21.4 5.1 0.0
ARMIDALE AIRPORT AWS 13.9 -3.6 0.0
COFFS HARBOUR MO 18.3 -3.0 2.0 -9.8 0.0
NEWCASTLE NOBBYS SIGNAL STATION AWS 19.1 -0.8 7.3 -4.6 0.0
SYDNEY (OBSERVATORY HILL) 19.5 +0.2 8.2 -3.3 0.0
PROSPECT DAM 18.6 -1.5 4.2 -6.0 0.0
WOLLONGONG UNIVERSITY 18.6 -1.4 10.1 -1.8 0.0
CANBERRA AIRPORT 13.8 -1.6 -2.5 -5.7 0.0
WAGGA WAGGA AMO 13.9 -3.3 0.2 -5.8 0.0
MILDURA AIRPORT 17.9 -1.0 2.1 -5.4 0.0
EAST SALE AIRPORT 16.7 -0.1 5.0 -1.3 0.0
MELBOURNE REGIONAL OFFICE 18.6 +2.0 8.4 -0.2 0.0
LAVERTON RAAF 18.3 +1.6 5.9 -1.8 0.0
BALLARAT AERODROME 12.1 -1.5 2.5 -3.3 0.4
LAUNCESTON AIRPORT 15.3 +1.3 5.6 +1.0 0.0
HOBART (ELLERSLIE ROAD) 17.0 +2.6 8.1 +1.2 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.
TASMANIA
    W Coast
MOUNT READ
15.0mm in 3 hr to 00:00 5.0mm/h

WESTERN AUSTRALIA
    Lower West
CAPE LEEUWIN : 100(320/ 78 ) at 12:00
MANJIMUP : 82(310/ 65 ) at 14:44
QUEENSLAND
    N Coast--Barron
GREEN ISLAND : 72(160/ 63 ) at 16:00
VICTORIA
    W Gippsland
WILSONS PROMONTORY LIGHTHOUSE : 93(280/ 46 ) at 09:00
TASMANIA
    N Coast
CAPE GRIM BAPS : 91(280/ 69 ) at 01:00
    Southeast
MAATSUYKER ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE : 102(310/ 87 ) at 02:00
MOUNT WELLINGTON : 109(240/ 80 ) at 05:30
HARTZ MOUNTAIN (KEOGHS PIMPLE) : 102(240/ 54 ) at 07:53
ISLANDS
    Islands
NORTHERN ENDEAVOUR : 95(100/ 70 ) at 09:26
LORD HOWE ISLAND AERO : 78(240/ 63 ) at 01:30