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National Daily Weather Summary

Records set | Charts | Cities | Hottest | Coldest | Rain, sun & wind | Downpours & gales
State extremes | Noteworthy weather | Capital Cities | Regional Cities | Alpine Stations
Charts and data courtesy Bureau of Meteorology. MTSAT-1R operated by JMA
Noteworthy weather today
significant newsworthy major

TAS: Record warm spell finishes with a bang

With overnight temperatures in the mid to high teens over the past few nights, Taswegians have been throwing off the doonas in droves. Some notable records fell ahead of a cool change that crossed the island and swept around the SE AUS coast today.

The warm spell began on Monday when, after a cold night, daytime temperatures rose 2 to 6C above average. Since then, minimum and maximum temperatures have risen to be 6 to 10 above normal yesterday and this morning. While the only high maximum record to fall was a 21-year one at Tarraleah yesterday, several significant high minimum temperature records have been broken. Hobart City's minimum of 16.2 yesterday beat the previous May record of 16.1 set on 2 May 1889, just 7 years after observations began. Hobart Airport also set a new record yesterday morning with 15.2 beating the 1982 record of 15.1. The Airport notched the record up again this morning with a minimum of 16.0. Grove, just north of Huonville, was even more balmy this morning, its overnight low of 17.7 a whopping 13.5 above average and well over the 45-year record of 15.7.

Mild conditions returned with a bang across the island as a front swept through around dawn giving gusts to 117km/h on Maatsuyker Island and Mt Wellington summit, and 113km/h at Scotts Peak Dam in the South West.

Macquarie Island "mildwave" ends in a record

Heat from the mainland has penetrated far to the south. Sub-Antarctic Macquarie Island, 1550km SSE of Hobart, has recorded close-to-record temperatures over the past three days, and finally set a new high May maximum of 10.0C today, it's "hottest" May day in 57 years. Temperatures on the island, situated in the middle of the Southern Ocean halfway between New Zealand and Antractica, rarely vary more than a few degrees from normal. The May average maximum is 5.8 and the highest and lowest May temperatures recorded have been 9.6 and -1.7. The maxima since Monday have been 9.0, 8.5, 9.4 and 10.0 and the mets at the weather station are likely to have been looking for the esky and bottles of sunscreen. The May average minimum is 2.4 and the highest recorded 7.2, so the run of 5.6, 6.2 and 6.7 over the past three days didn't quite make it.

SA, NSW, ACT: Heat persists

Well above average temperatures contracted into inland NSW and SA today as cooler air surged over southeastern coastal areas behind a front. However, locations in the red area on the maximum temperature anomaly map all reached top temperatures 8 to 10 above average, with many locations coming within a degree of their May records. These included Andamooka 31.5 (record 31.8 in 36 years), Hawker 28.8 (29.4, 38 years), Canberra Airport 23.9 (24.5, 66 years) and Kosciuszko Chalet at Charlotte Pass 16.0 (16.2, 18 years).

WA: Heavy thunderstorm falls in central WA

Northwesterlies continue to bring warm, moist tropical air into the state and today were accompanied by strong middle atmosphere uplift caused by a divergent jetstream above. Heavy rain fell from thunderstorms that developed in the Murchison and western Goldfields during the afternoon. Leinster, 350km NNW of Kalgoorlie, recorded 41.8mm between 3 and 5pm, 21.0 of which fell in 24 minutes to 4pm. Their 24 hour to 9am Friday total was 77.2, supplemented by a further 22mm between 6pm and midnight this evening. Other substantial 24 hour totals were 32.6 at Bulga Downs and 43.8 at Yeelirrie. In the Murchison, storms continued through much of the day and overnight. Meekatharra steadily accumulated 36.6 in the 24 hours to 9am Friday, while Tuckanarra, 75km SW, recorded 82.0 and Wiluna, 170km E, 44.6.


Records set or equalled today

These records are as received at 1904 EST on 10/02/2006. Help in interpreting these statistics and information on quality control is here.

District Site Today Previous monthly record Previous all time record
if equalled or broken
Comments
Reading Reading Date Years Reading Date Years
Highest daily rainfall

WA

Goldfields

012108

WONGANOO

49.8

48.2

26/05/1982

78

WA

Goldfields

012300

LEINSTER

66.8

28.0

07/05/1988

17

Highest minimum temperature

TAS

Southeast

094008

HOBART AIRPORT

16.0

15.2

04/05/2005

47

Previous record set earlier this month.

TAS

Southeast

094069

GROVE RESEARCH STATION

17.7

15.7

11/05/1969

46

Highest maximum temperature

NSW

Goulburn/Monaro

070310

TIDBINBILLA NATURE RESERVE

23.3

23.0

01/05/1997

21

VIC

E Gippsland

084142

GELANTIPY

21.5

21.2

01/05/1997

11

ANT

Antarctica

300004

MACQUARIE ISLAND

10.0

9.6

06/05/1982

58


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Summary of observations

For notes on how to interpret the data and quality control issues, see Daily Weather Summary Help.
**S** and **W** precede data flagged by the Bureau as suspicious or wrong
Data is as received at 20:42EST, 14/05/2012.

Major centres
Max
° C
+/- norm
° C
Min
° C
+/- norm
° C
Grass Min
° C
Rain to 9am mm Evaporation to 9am mm Sunshine hours Wind Run to 9am km (24-hour average km/h) Maximum Gust km/h / hour of occurrence
GERALDTON AIRPORT 26.3 +2.3 13.9 +1.0 12.6 0.0 2.4 -- 448 (18.7) 37/11
PERTH AIRPORT 20.2 -1.5 12.2 +1.7 10.1 0.0 2.8 8.3 368 (15.3) 46/12
ALBANY AIRPORT 16.1 -2.8 11.7 +1.9 11.4 2.0 2.0 0.4 -- 30/13
BUNBURY 20.3 -0.8 11.5 +2.0 -- 0.0 -- -- 278 (11.6) 35/09
MANDURAH 20.6 -- 13.8 -- -- 0.0 -- -- 231 ( 9.6) 35/12
DARWIN AIRPORT 33.3 +1.3 23.6 +1.5 22.9 0.0 7.8 10.4 144 ( 6.0) 39/10
ALICE SPRINGS AIRPORT 30.4 +7.4 10.4 +2.1 6.0 0.0 5.8 8.9 207 ( 8.6) 39/15
WHYALLA AERO 21.6 +1.1 12.1 +3.4 -- 0.0 12.0 -- 365 (15.2) 46/14
ADELAIDE (KENT TOWN) 19.5 +0.5 16.2 +6.0 12.4 0.0 4.2 0.3 203 ( 8.5) 32/18
MOUNT GAMBIER AERO 16.9 +0.8 13.1 +5.8 12.9 1.8 5.0 3.3 524 (21.8) 37/07
MOUNT ISA AERO 30.7 +2.8 11.9 -2.0 9.1 0.0 5.8 10.6 185 ( 7.7) 39/10
CAIRNS AERO 28.1 +0.5 21.3 +1.4 20.0 1.6 3.8 7.9 439 (18.3) 46/21
TOWNSVILLE AERO 29.9 +2.3 17.0 -0.6 15.0 0.0 6.8 8.4 366 (15.3) 45/13
MACKAY MO 24.6 +0.4 19.1 +2.0 -- 1.4 -- 9.8 627 (26.1) 50/10
ROCKHAMPTON AERO 28.4 +2.4 15.8 +1.6 14.5 0.0 6.2 -- 334 (13.9) 35/10
BUNDABERG AERO 25.9 +1.2 16.3 +2.1 -- 0.0 4.0 -- 512 (21.3) 43/09
NAMBOUR DPI 23.9 +0.2 16.9 +4.9 -- 3.0 3.0 -- -- --
COOLANGATTA AIRPORT 21.7 -1.4 16.9 +2.6 -- 16.2 -- -- 432 (18.0) 43/14
BRISBANE AERO 22.5 -1.1 16.1 +3.3 15.2 2.4 4.4 2.4 402 (16.8) 37/14
TOOWOOMBA AIRPORT 22.3 +2.3 10.4 +0.4 -- 0.0 -- -- 455 (19.0) 39/15
GUNNEDAH (DIPNR) 24.2 +3.9 10.0 +1.3 1.6 0.0 4.0 -- 167 ( 7.0) --
COFFS HARBOUR MO 21.5 +0.1 14.9 +3.2 12.2 0.4 2.6 5.1 395 (16.5) 35/09
PORT MACQUARIE AIRPORT AWS 22.4 +0.9 14.0 +3.5 -- 3.0 -- -- -- --
WILLIAMTOWN RAAF 22.7 +2.5 13.0 +2.9 11.1 0.2 2.0 5.7 188 ( 7.8) 22/10
GOSFORD (NARARA RESEARCH STATION) AWS 22.9 +2.5 10.1 +1.8 8.0 0.0 -- -- 44 ( 1.8) 21/11
ORANGE AGRICULTURAL INSTITUTE 20.6 +6.4 5.5 +0.8 2.0 0.0 2.8 8.9 -- --
DUBBO AIRPORT AWS 24.5 +4.5 9.9 +3.1 -- 0.0 -- -- -- --
SYDNEY AIRPORT AMO 23.5 +3.5 14.2 +3.3 10.7 0.0 3.6 8.5 288 (12.0) 35/16
RICHMOND RAAF 24.7 +4.1 9.5 +1.6 -- 0.0 -- -- 68 ( 2.8) 28/12
BELLAMBI AWS 23.1 +3.4 15.8 +2.7 -- 0.0 -- -- 322 (13.4) 44/16
CANBERRA AIRPORT 23.9 +8.3 4.6 +1.4 0.2 0.0 2.4 8.3 138 ( 5.8) 32/12
WAGGA WAGGA AMO 24.9 +7.6 9.5 +3.6 6.8 0.0 2.6 4.7 228 ( 9.5) 21/20
ALBURY AIRPORT AWS 21.2 +3.5 6.2 +0.6 -- 0.0 -- -- -- --
MILDURA AIRPORT 28.0 +9.0 11.7 +4.3 8.2 0.0 4.4 6.6 287 (12.0) 32/17
TATURA INST SUSTAINABLE AG 23.2 +5.9 4.9 -0.9 7.5 0.0 1.8 -- 202 ( 8.4) 34/23
BENDIGO AIRPORT 21.7 +5.1 6.7 +1.5 -- 0.0 -- -- 182 ( 7.6) 34/20
MELBOURNE REGIONAL OFFICE 19.8 +3.1 16.9 +8.3 13.5 0.0 5.2 -- 174 ( 7.3) 30/08
GEELONG AIRPORT 19.9 +2.8 12.1 +4.4 -- 0.0 -- -- 302 (12.6) 52/09
BALLARAT AERODROME 15.5 +1.9 9.9 +4.2 -- 0.0 -- -- 674 (28.1) 43/00
LAUNCESTON (TI TREE BEND) 18.1 +2.3 5.9 +0.8 -- 0.0 -- -- 180 ( 7.5) 34/09
HOBART AIRPORT 19.0 +3.8 16.0 +9.4 12.2 0.0 4.8 4.8 468 (19.5) 54/08
Max
° C
+/- norm
° C
Min
° C
+/- norm
° C
Grass Min
° C
Rain to 9am mm Evaporation to 9am mm Sunshine hours Wind Run to 9am km Maximum Gust km/h / hour of occurrence
Hottest
Highest maximum temperature>Greatest variation above normal maximum Highest minimum temperatureGreatest variation above normal minimum

39.7 WEST ROEBUCK W Kimberley WA
38.3 BIDYADANGA W Kimberley WA
37.6 CURTIN AERO W Kimberley WA
36.8 FITZROY CROSSING AERO W Kimberley WA
36.1 WYNDHAM AERO N Kimberley WA

+9.9 : 27.9 KERANG (POST OFFICE) Lower North VIC
+9.7 : 29.1 YUNTA AIRSTRIP Northeast SA
+9.5 : 28.7 BROKEN HILL (PATTON STREET) Lower Darling NSW
+9.5 : 30.1 WOOMERA AERODROME NW Pastoral SA
+9.2 : 26.7 BAIRNSDALE AIRPORT W Gippsland VIC
+9.2 : 28.4 BROKEN HILL AIRPORT AWS Lower Darling NSW
+9.2 : 16.0 CHARLOTTE PASS (KOSCIUSKO CHALET) Snowy Mtns NSW

29.0 NORTHERN ENDEAVOUR Islands ISL
27.0 TROUGHTON ISLAND N Kimberley WA
26.6 MCCLUER ISLAND N Rivers NT
25.3 HORN ISLAND N Peninsula QLD
25.3 MARBLE BAR COMPARISON E Pilbara WA

+13.4 : 17.7 GROVE RESEARCH STATION Southeast TAS
+11.4 : 21.6 WARBURTON AIRFIELD Interior WA
+10.1 : 20.9 CARNEGIE Interior WA
+9.4 : 16.0 HOBART AIRPORT Southeast TAS
+9.3 : 13.8 MELTON MOWBRAY (NORTH STOCKMAN) Southeast TAS
+9.3 : 17.0 KEITH Mallee/Upper SE SA

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

7.0 MOUNT READ W Coast TAS
8.3 HARTZ MOUNTAIN (KEOGHS PIMPLE) Southeast TAS
8.7 MOUNT WELLINGTON Southeast TAS
9.9 MT HOTHAM Upper NE VIC
10.1 FALLS CREEK Upper NE VIC

-6.4 : 16.4 LEONORA Goldfields WA
-6.3 : 17.7 MOUNT MAGNET AERO E Gascoyne WA
-5.2 : 17.1 FORREST Eucla WA
-5.1 : 17.2 LAVERTON AERO Goldfields WA
-4.5 : 15.6 NEWDEGATE RES.STATION Cent Wheatbelt WA
-4.5 : 15.0 KATANNING Cent Wheatbelt WA

-0.2 COOMA VISITORS CENTRE Goulburn/Monaro NSW
1.7 GOULBURN AIRPORT AWS Goulburn/Monaro NSW
1.8 DARTMOUTH RESERVOIR Lower NE VIC
2.1 ORANGE AIRPORT AWS C Tablelands S NSW
2.5 BOMBALA (THERRY STREET) Goulburn/Monaro NSW
2.5 MURRURUNDI POST OFFICE Hunter Valley NSW

-3.6 : 3.0 MORWELL (LATROBE VALLEY AIRPORT) W Gippsland VIC
-3.1 : 6.9 WITCHCLIFFE Lower West WA
-2.9 : 1.8 DARTMOUTH RESERVOIR Lower NE VIC
-2.9 : 14.2 MUSGRAVE S Peninsula QLD
-2.7 : 2.5 MURRURUNDI POST OFFICE Hunter Valley NSW

Wettest
Sunniest & dullest
Windiest
Highest gusts
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.
Highest and lowest recordings of hours of sunshine for the 24 hours to midnight.
Highest wind run totals in kilometres for the 24 hours to 9am (average speed in brackets). All reported runs > =25km/h are shown.
Highest wind gusts in km/h for the 24 hours to midnight followed by the hour in which it occurred. All stations with gusts > 89km/h are shown.
66.8 LEINSTER Goldfields WA
51.8 BARROW ISLAND AIRPORT W Pilbara WA
49.8 WONGANOO Goldfields WA
45.6 SPRINGBROOK TM Brisbane/SE Coast QLD
45.0 GLENGAVEN Brisbane/SE Coast QLD

WESTERN AUSTRALIA
W Pilbara
51.8 BARROW ISLAND AIRPORT
Goldfields
66.8 LEINSTER
49.8 WONGANOO

QUEENSLAND
Brisbane/SE Coast
45.6 SPRINGBROOK TM
45.0 GLENGAVEN

10.8 GOVE AIRPORT N Rivers NT
10.6 WEIPA AERO N Peninsula QLD
10.6 MOUNT ISA AERO Gulf Country QLD
10.4 DARWIN AIRPORT N Rivers NT
10.3 BROOME AIRPORT W Kimberley WA
10.3 RABBIT FLAT N Plateau NT

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0.5 CEDUNA AMO W Agricultural SA
0.5 MELBOURNE AIRPORT E Central VIC
0.5 SCOTTSDALE (WEST MINSTONE ROAD) N Coast TAS
0.4 ALBANY AIRPORT Lower West WA
0.3 ADELAIDE (KENT TOWN) Adelaide/Lofty SA
0.2 ADELAIDE AIRPORT Adelaide/Lofty SA

1440 (60.0) MOUNT WELLINGTON Southeast TAS
1214 (50.6) MAATSUYKER ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE Southeast TAS
1091 (45.5) MOUNT READ W Coast TAS
1089 (45.4) DOUBLE ISLAND POINT LIGHTHOUSE Brisbane/SE Coast QLD
1020 (42.5) RUNDLE ISLAND Wide Bay/Burnett QLD
982 (40.9) TASMAN ISLAND Southeast TAS
929 (38.7) HERON ISLAND RES STN Wide Bay/Burnett QLD
912 (38.0) KILMORE GAP N Central VIC
910 (37.9) HAMILTON ISLAND AIRPORT Central Coast E QLD
849 (35.4) CAPE WILLOUGHBY Yorke Pen/Kanga Is SA
832 (34.7) CAPE MORETON LIGHTHOUSE Brisbane/SE Coast QLD
820 (34.2) MCCLUER ISLAND N Rivers NT
817 (34.0) MT HOTHAM Upper NE VIC
814 (33.9) BYRON BAY (CAPE BYRON AWS) North Coast NSW
810 (33.8) GREEN CAPE AWS South Coast NSW
769 (32.0) SCOTTS PEAK DAM W Coast TAS
747 (31.1) LADY ELLIOT ISLAND Wide Bay/Burnett QLD
740 (30.8) LOW ISLES LIGHTHOUSE N Coast--Barron QLD
732 (30.5) DUNNS HILL E Central VIC
727 (30.3) COLAC (MT GELLIBRAND) W Coast VIC
714 (29.8) CAPE FLATTERY N Coast--Barron QLD
698 (29.1) HARTZ MOUNTAIN (KEOGHS PIMPLE) Southeast TAS
688 (28.7) LORD HOWE ISLAND AERO Islands ISL
686 (28.6) COCONUT ISLAND N Peninsula QLD
675 (28.1) STRAHAN AERODROME W Coast TAS
674 (28.1) MELBOURNE AIRPORT E Central VIC
674 (28.1) BALLARAT AERODROME Western Plains VIC
670 (27.9) CAPE OTWAY LIGHTHOUSE W Coast VIC
667 (27.8) NEPTUNE ISLAND W Agricultural SA
665 (27.7) LOOKOUT HILL Western Plains VIC
650 (27.1) TUNNACK FIRE STATION Southeast TAS
638 (26.6) HAMILTON AIRPORT W Coast VIC
628 (26.2) COCOS ISLAND AIRPORT Islands ISL
627 (26.1) MACKAY M.O Central Coast E QLD
616 (25.7) HORN ISLAND N Peninsula QLD
613 (25.5) LIAWENEE Central Plateau TAS
609 (25.4) HOBART (ELLERSLIE ROAD) Southeast TAS
607 (25.3) GOLD COAST SEAWAY Brisbane/SE Coast QLD
117/07 MAATSUYKER ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE Southeast TAS
117/04 MOUNT WELLINGTON Southeast TAS
113/06 SCOTTS PEAK DAM W Coast TAS
98/01 TASMAN ISLAND Southeast TAS
96/07 CAPE BRUNY (CAPE BRUNY) Southeast TAS
91/06 HARTZ MOUNTAIN (KEOGHS PIMPLE) Southeast TAS

Downpours High AWS wind reports
High rainfall for periods of 6 hours or less from AWS and synoptic reports. Storm force gusts (>89km/h) and 10-minute mean gales (>62km/h) reported by AWSs. Wind direction and mean windspeed are shown in brackets.
WESTERN AUSTRALIA
    Goldfields
LEINSTER AERO
7.2mm in 36 min to 15:36 12.0mm/h
21.0mm in 24 min to 16:00 52.5mm/h
28.2mm in 1 hr to 16:00 28.2mm/h
13.6mm in 1 hr to 17:00 13.6mm/h
42.0mm in 3 hr to 18:00 14.0mm/h
NEW SOUTH WALES
    North Coast
BALLINA AIRPORT AWS
17.0mm in 1 hr to 05:00 17.0mm/h
18.0mm in 3 hr to 06:00 6.0mm/h
TASMANIA
    W Coast
STRAHAN AERODROME
17.0mm in 3 hr to 09:00 5.7mm/h
MOUNT READ
20.0mm in 3 hr to 09:00 6.7mm/h

TASMANIA
    N Coast
CAPE GRIM BAPS : 91(290/ 41 ) at 06:10
    Southeast
MAATSUYKER ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE : 111(310/ 95 ) at 08:00
MOUNT WELLINGTON : 109(310/ 80 ) at 04:31
TASMAN ISLAND : 98(360/ 67 ) at 01:30
CAPE BRUNY (CAPE BRUNY) : 96(290/ 65 ) at 07:29
    W Coast
SCOTTS PEAK DAM : 113(320/ 80 ) at 06:30