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National Daily Weather Summary


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Weather, Climate and Site News

 Bushfires rage in WA, NT, QLD and NSW
Thu 20 Sep 2018

The Australian northern fire season runs from April to November, while the southern fire season runs from October or November (sometimes earlier) to April. We're now in the overlap season, where fires can be burning anywhere in Australia; in fact, all states and territories except the ACT have had bushfires during the past 48 hours.

Fires have been burning the full length of the coast and nearby ranges in New South Wales over the past week, exacerbated by warm, dry, windy weather ahead of several fronts. The largest is the Yankees Gap Road fire 25km NW of Bega. It has been burning for a month in the South East Forest National Park near Bemboka and as of mid-afternoon today had burnt through 19,118 hectares (191 sq km). The fire was at emergency level on Sat 15th, closing the Snowy Mountains Highway overnight into the 16th.

In Queensland, fires have also been burning the length of the coast from Brisbane to Cooktown. Two reached Prepare to Leave level today. ABC News reported that QLD Fire and Emergency Services have attended over 2,500 bushfires since the beginning of August. With drought conditions across large parts of QLD, fire authorities say there will be more instances of "subterranean fires", where a possibly small surface fire smoulders in a tree trunk then burns slowly through its root system. These fires are hard to find, hard to put out, and are likely to pop out days or weeks later and start another fire.

There have been dramatic fires on long fronts in Western Australia, such as this one (and here) south of Broome which briefly closed the Great Northern Highway on Tue 18th. Fires continue to burn in the Kimberley, Pilbara, Interior and the state's South West.

In the Northern Territory, as in large parts of QLD and northern WA, it is the dry season, and enormous scrub fires are part of life. About half the land between Darwin and East Arnhem Land burns every year, Joshua Fischer from Bushfires NT tells ABC Darwin in this detailed article on the north's dry-season fires. There have been total fire bans from Darwin south to Litchfield and sometimes SE to the Gulf of Carpentaria each day this week except Wednesday.

Site News Bushfire links to bookmark
Thu 20 Sep 2018

Here are a national set of bushfire warning and information sites. They are permanently available in the links section of AWN, along with links on bushfire management and histories of major bushfires under Severe Weather > Bushfires.

Latest official bushfire warnings and information are available here: ACT | NSW | VIC | TAS | SA | WA | NT | QLD.

My Fire Watch is an Australia-wide map showing current fires, past burnt areas and recent lightning strikes. It, and its summary of national fire alerts, is not intended to replace the detailed and timely warnings from state authorities, but gives a useful national overview. It is the result of research collaboration between Landgate (the Western Australian Land Information Authority) and Edith Cowan University.

Another good resource is NAFI, the North Australia and Rangelands Fire Information website. It provides detailed maps of recent and past fire scars as well as current and recent hot spots in QLD, NT, and most of WA and SA. It has many excellent tools derived from satellite technology.


Provisional records set or equalled today

These records are based on data that has not been validated, but obvious errors have been corrected. The records are based on data received as at 1405 EST on 21/09/2018. 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
Lowest grass minimum temperature

NSW

C Tablelands S

063254

ORANGE AGRICULTURAL INSTITUTE

-10.1

-10.0

01/09/2012

40

1 N C

Highest wind gust (km/h)

WA

W Kimberley

003080

CURTIN AERO

65

57.0

14/09/2010

15

N C


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**S** and **W** precede data flagged by the Bureau as suspicious or wrong
Data is as received at 14:04EST, 21/09/2018.

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
PERTH AIRPORT 26.4 +6.3 6.5 -2.4 4.5 0.0 3.8 11.2 252 (10.5) 34/14
BUNBURY 20.2 +1.8 3.7 -4.7 -- 0.0 -- -- 141 ( 5.9) 22/12
MANDURAH 21.8 +2.9 9.0 -2.7 -- 0.0 -- -- 202 ( 8.4) 21/15
DARWIN AIRPORT 33.7 +1.1 22.6 -0.4 21.4 0.0 6.8 10.7 277 (11.5) 43/15
ALICE SPRINGS AIRPORT 21.0 -6.2 4.3 -6.0 -- 0.0 -- -- 314 (13.1) 50/10
WHYALLA AERO 18.0 -3.5 6.0 -2.1 -- 0.0 -- -- 285 (11.9) 31/12
ADELAIDE (KENT TOWN) 16.3 -2.7 9.2 -0.5 -- 6.0 -- -- 146 ( 6.1) 28/11
MOUNT GAMBIER AERO 14.8 -1.0 4.2 -2.1 -- 1.6 -- -- 362 (15.1) 35/12
MOUNT ISA AERO 29.7 -1.5 15.6 +1.4 -- 0.0 -- -- 524 (21.8) 46/02
CAIRNS AERO 30.5 +2.4 17.1 -1.6 -- 0.0 -- -- 417 (17.4) 37/15
TOWNSVILLE AERO 29.5 +1.8 16.8 -0.6 -- 0.0 -- -- 301 (12.5) 31/13
MACKAY M.O -- -- 15.8 -0.8 -- 0.0 -- -- 238 ( 9.9) --
ROCKHAMPTON AERO 33.2 +5.9 13.1 -0.6 -- 0.0 -- -- 220 ( 9.2) 37/15
BUNDABERG AERO 31.5 +6.1 15.2 +1.5 -- 0.0 -- -- 377 (15.7) 41/10
COOLANGATTA 24.7 +1.5 15.4 +2.1 -- 0.0 -- -- 522 (21.8) 50/12
BRISBANE AERO 27.2 +3.0 14.0 +1.3 10.6 0.0 6.6 10.5 464 (19.3) 39/11
TOOWOOMBA AIRPORT 23.9 +1.7 12.8 +2.3 -- 0.0 -- -- 345 (14.4) 50/15
GUNNEDAH RESOURCE CENTRE 19.6 -1.8 6.9 -1.7 -- 0.0 6.8 -- -- --
PORT MACQUARIE AIRPORT AWS 20.9 -1.6 12.7 +3.3 -- 0.0 -- -- 413 (17.2) 55/13
WILLIAMTOWN RAAF 16.2 -5.1 9.8 +0.8 -- 19.4 -- -- 426 (17.8) 46/13
BATHURST AIRPORT AWS 14.9 -2.0 -3.0 -6.8 -- 0.0 -- -- 341 (14.2) 44/13
ORANGE AIRPORT AWS 12.6 -2.2 -0.6 -3.9 -- 0.0 -- -- 446 (18.6) 43/13
DUBBO AIRPORT AWS 19.8 -1.5 2.0 -4.2 -- 0.0 -- -- 377 (15.7) 55/13
SYDNEY AIRPORT AMO 16.4 -4.1 10.8 +0.4 10.7 7.8 10.4 3.6 692 (28.8) 37/00
RICHMOND RAAF 19.0 -3.7 3.7 -4.3 -- 0.0 -- -- 386 (16.1) 28/12
BELLAMBI AWS 15.8 -4.3 10.9 -1.5 -- 0.2 -- -- 600 (25.0) 41/11
CANBERRA AIRPORT 17.5 -- -2.9 -- -- 0.0 -- -- 375 (15.6) 39/16
WAGGA WAGGA AMO 17.8 +0.2 -0.7 -5.8 -- 0.0 -- -- 318 (13.3) 35/15
ALBURY AIRPORT AWS 16.9 -1.1 1.0 -4.7 -- 0.0 -- -- 232 ( 9.7) 37/14
MILDURA AIRPORT 19.7 -0.7 2.3 -5.0 -- 0.0 4.0 10.5 286 (11.9) 35/15
TATURA INST SUSTAINABLE AG 17.0 -0.4 -0.6 -6.0 -- 0.0 -- -- 179 ( 7.5) 31/12
BENDIGO AIRPORT 17.6 +0.8 -1.1 -5.4 -- 0.0 -- -- 189 ( 7.9) 30/13
MELBOURNE AIRPORT 17.7 +1.1 2.3 -4.7 -0.1 3.4 3.8 9.6 378 (15.8) 34/16
BALLARAT AERODROME 14.3 +0.4 -0.9 -5.7 -- 0.6 -- -- 229 ( 9.5) 31/11
LAUNCESTON (TI TREE BEND) 15.5 0.0 -- -- -- 0.0 -- -- -- --
HOBART AIRPORT 16.8 +1.5 3.2 -2.8 -3.2 1.6 1.8 7.7 303 (12.6) 54/13
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

38.7 DOUGLAS RIVER RESEARCH FARM N Rivers NT
38.1 WYNDHAM AERO N Kimberley WA
38.0 BRADSHAW-ANGALLARI VALLEY (DEFENCE) N Rivers NT
38.0 BRADSHAW N Rivers NT
37.6 KUNUNURRA AERO E Kimberley WA

+8.4 : 32.8 CARNARVON AIRPORT W Gascoyne WA
+8.3 : 30.9 DOUBLE ISLAND POINT LIGHTHOUSE Brisbane/SE Coast QLD
+8.1 : 32.3 TEWANTIN RSL PARK Brisbane/SE Coast QLD
+8.1 : 25.9 ONGERUP Cent Wheatbelt WA
+7.5 : 26.2 JACUP Cent Wheatbelt WA
+7.5 : 24.8 ALBANY Lower West WA

26.1 TROUGHTON ISLAND N Kimberley WA
25.6 MCCLUER ISLAND N Rivers NT
25.5 DARWIN NTC AWS N Rivers NT
25.0 ROWLEY SHOALS Islands ISL
25.0 ADELE ISLAND Islands ISL

+6.4 : 14.2 TEXAS POST OFFICE Darling Downs E QLD
+6.3 : 24.6 CURTIN AERO W Kimberley WA
+5.4 : 23.0 BIDYADANGA W Kimberley WA
+4.9 : 24.4 DERBY AERO W Kimberley WA
+4.7 : 15.3 CASINO AIRPORT AWS North Coast NSW
+4.7 : 21.4 MARBLE BAR E Pilbara WA

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

1.9 MOUNT BULLER Upper NE VIC
1.9 MOUNT HOTHAM Upper NE VIC
2.9 MOUNT BAW BAW W Gippsland VIC
3.9 FALLS CREEK Upper NE VIC
3.9 MOUNT READ W Coast TAS

-12.1 : 19.5 WALUNGURRU AIRPORT N Plateau NT
-7.6 : 26.7 RABBIT FLAT N Plateau NT
-7.6 : 14.8 PATERSON (TOCAL AWS) Hunter Valley NSW
-6.4 : 21.3 ARLTUNGA N Plateau NT
-6.4 : 16.3 NEWCASTLE UNIVERSITY Hunter Valley NSW

-7.0 DINNER PLAIN (MOUNT HOTHAM AIRPORT) Upper NE VIC
-6.5 PERISHER VALLEY AWS Snowy Mtns NSW
-6.2 COOMA AIRPORT AWS Goulburn/Monaro NSW
-6.0 THREDBO VILLAGE Snowy Mtns NSW
-5.6 THREDBO AWS Snowy Mtns NSW

-8.4 : -3.3 LONGERENONG Wimmera S VIC
-7.6 : 6.0 BIRDSVILLE AIRPORT Channel Country QLD
-7.6 : -4.2 GOULBURN AIRPORT AWS Goulburn/Monaro NSW
-7.6 : -7.0 DINNER PLAIN (MOUNT HOTHAM AIRPORT) Upper NE VIC
-7.6 : -4.4 FINGAL (LEGGE STREET) E Coast TAS

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.
32.0 WYONG (MOUNT ELLIOT) Hunter Valley NSW
24.8 DOVER HEIGHTS (PORTLAND ST) Sydney--east NSW
21.6 MOUNT READ W Coast TAS
20.8 ADELAIDE (TEA TREE GULLY COUNCIL) Adelaide/Lofty SA
19.4 WILLIAMTOWN RAAF Hunter Valley NSW

Reports not yet available

1046 (43.6) MAATSUYKER ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE Southeast TAS
997 (41.5) GABO ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE E Gippsland VIC
991 (41.3) HOGAN ISLAND Islands ISL
945 (39.4) KUNANYI (MOUNT WELLINGTON PINNACLE) Southeast TAS
918 (38.3) GREEN CAPE AWS South Coast NSW
830 (34.6) NEPTUNE ISLAND W Agricultural SA
815 (34.0) FLINDERS ISLAND AIRPORT Flinders Is/Bass St TAS
808 (33.7) CAPE GRIM BAPS (COMPARISON) N Coast TAS
789 (32.9) HARTZ MOUNTAIN (KEOGHS PIMPLE) Southeast TAS
767 (32.0) MONTAGUE ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE South Coast NSW
767 (32.0) WILLIS ISLAND Islands ISL
753 (31.4) THREDBO AWS Snowy Mtns NSW
737 (30.7) BYRON BAY (CAPE BYRON AWS) North Coast NSW
731 (30.5) BEDOUT ISLAND E Pilbara WA
724 (30.2) CAPE MORETON LIGHTHOUSE Brisbane/SE Coast QLD
692 (28.8) SYDNEY AIRPORT AMO Sydney--east NSW
681 (28.4) CAPE FLATTERY N Coast--Barron QLD
678 (28.3) WILSONS PROMONTORY LIGHTHOUSE W Gippsland VIC
676 (28.2) NORTH ISLAND Central West WA
657 (27.4) CAPE BRUNY (CAPE BRUNY) Southeast TAS
652 (27.2) MURRURUNDI GAP AWS Hunter Valley NSW
633 (26.4) LOW ROCKY POINT W Coast TAS
626 (26.1) CAPE WESSEL Islands ISL
624 (26.0) LOW HEAD N Coast TAS
616 (25.7) WALUNGURRU AIRPORT N Plateau NT
615 (25.6) SYDNEY HARBOUR (WEDDING CAKE WEST) Sydney--east NSW
611 (25.5) CAPE GRIM N Coast TAS
600 (25.0) BELLAMBI AWS Illawarra NSW
91/07 MAATSUYKER ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE Southeast TAS
87/20 HARTZ MOUNTAIN (KEOGHS PIMPLE) Southeast TAS
83/05 KUNANYI (MOUNT WELLINGTON PINNACLE) Southeast TAS
72/19 BYRON BAY (CAPE BYRON AWS) North Coast NSW
72/12 SCOTTS PEAK DAM W Coast 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.
NEW SOUTH WALES
North Coast
YAMBA PILOT STATION
21.2mm in 30 min to 20:00 42.4mm/h
23.0mm in 1 hr to 20:00 23.0mm/h
25.8mm in 1 hr to 20:30 25.8mm/h
29.0mm in 3 hr to 21:00 9.7mm/h
EVANS HEAD RAAF BOMBING RANGE AWS
10.0mm in 1 hr to 22:30 10.0mm/h
BYRON BAY (CAPE BYRON AWS)
13.0mm in 1 hr to 21:30 13.0mm/h
11.8mm in 1 hr to 22:30 11.8mm/h
13.4mm in 1 hr to 23:00 13.4mm/h
Hunter Valley
WILLIAMTOWN RAAF
6.6mm in 17 min to 09:00 23.3mm/h
12.8mm in 1 hr to 09:00 12.8mm/h
19.0mm in 3 hr to 09:00 6.3mm/h
10.2mm in 1 hr to 11:00 10.2mm/h
17.0mm in 3 hr to 12:00 5.7mm/h

TASMANIA
Southeast
MAATSUYKER ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE : 89(***/ 80 ) at 06:58
KUNANYI (MOUNT WELLINGTON PINNACLE) : 83(250/ 63 ) at 05:02
HARTZ MOUNTAIN (KEOGHS PIMPLE) : 87(260/ 65 ) at 21:00