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Baking heat ahead of cold front sweeping southeastern states
Updated 14/1/17 16.45EDT with Parkes and Forbes information
Some record high temperatures have been recorded in NSW, QLD and SA ahead of a cold front moving into those states today. The northwest and far central west of NSW, as well as SW QLD and NE SA recorded maximum temperatures above 45° with the highest reports being 46.5° at Bourke in NSW, 46.3° at Moomba in SA and 44.7° at Birdsville in QLD. The Central West NSW towns of Parkes and Forbes set new records at their automatic weather stations, which have a history of about 20 years. The Parkes Elvis Festival must have seen fans sweating under their gear as the mercury rose to 44.1°, pipping the previous all-time record by just 0.1°. In neighbouring Forbes, the maximum rose to 45.5°, 0.3° above the previous all-time record.
Minimum temperatures in the 24 hours to 9am were similarly uncomfortable, with the same area reporting figures over 30°, with Oodnadatta the highest on 32.7° and Barcaldine in central western QLD setting a new record of 30.9° in a history of more than 50 years. Badgery's Creek in Sydney's west stewed for the fifth of the past six days with a run of maximum temperatures of 36.7, 35.7, 38.4, 42.8, 31.5 and 45.1. Eastern suburbs were saved by a healthy sea breeze, which did however increase the steamy humidity levels close to the coast in much of NSW.
Behind the change, the day was much cooler with Adelaide reporting a top of only 23.4. The change gave rainfalls of 30 to 35mm in SW SA, Ceduna's 36.2 the highest, before it slid to the SE. Between 09.00 and 23.00 today, much of VIC had falls between 5 and 10mm though the northwesterly stream gave heavy rain to the VIC and NSW alps bringing 49.0mm to Falls Creek and 52.6 to Perisher Valley. Much of the TAS North Coast received between 20 and 40mm over the same time, with Scottsdale in the NE receiving 41.6 and Mt Reid on the West Coast 48.0mm.