WA: Perth bushfire causes evacuations
Three homes in Karragullen and Pickering Brook, 30km SE of Perth CBD, were evacuated this afternoon as a bushfires burnt out of control. Smoke from the fires blanketed much of southern Perth.
WA: Hot in the Gascoyne and surrounds
Exceptionally high temperatures were reported in the area around Carnarvon today. A bulls-eye on the minimum temperature anomaly map at right shows where overnight lows failed to drop below 30C. Warmest nights were at 32.0 at Marble Bar, 31.1 at Gascoyne Junction and 30.3 at Karratha. The heat drifted west on the easterly wind giving a top temperature of 44.9, 13.6 above average, at Carnarvon. It was the town's hottest day since January 1998. Denham recorded 44.0 (+13.5) and Jurien Bay 40.5 (+10.6). All are coastal locations.
NT: Uluru fire flares twice
A fire believed to have been deliberately lit near the Yulara Resort at Uluru yesterday morning caused evacuations of a caravan park and light industrial area yesterday before the fire was brought under control. Overnight, a wind shift reinvigorated the fire, burning on a 2km front, and the caravan park and some homes were evacuated.
NSW: Bushfire threatens Cessnock homes
A bushfire at Kurri Kurri, 10km SW of Maitland, burnt through 50ha and threatened a dog pound this afternoon before being controlled. It is also believed to have been deliberately lit.
NSW: Temperature extremes across the state
The conditions that caused temperature extremes across SA yesterday moved into NSW today. In the northeastern third of the state, daytime temperatures were up to 8C above normal while a large area in the SW of the state recorded maxima betwen 10 and 14 below. Warm northerlies kept temperatures up on the eastern side of the trough shown in NE NSW in the surface chart above, while the same cloudmass that kept temperatures down in SA yesterday performed that function in southern NSW today. The residents of Ivanhoe must have felt it was mid winter; maximum temperatures for the 7 days up to today have been 38.6, 40.4, 42.8, 45.0, 44.7, 42.0 and 20.6.