WA: Record cold night for many widespread locations. In an unusual aftermath of the cold outbreak of the past two days, 7 centres scattered across 7 climatic districts of WA registered record low minimum temperatures this morning (see records).
SA, VIC, TAS: Fires flare in record heat. Hot northerly winds ahead of a trough moving into the southeast of the continent today brought a record hot night to parts of SA and VIC, and worsened bushfire activity in VIC and TAS. In VIC, Portland, Port Fairy, Cape Nelson and Heywood experienced their hottest nights on record for any month. Heywood, with a low of 27.0, was 2C warmer than any night in the past 39 years. In SA, Kingscote on Kangaroo Island and Cape Jaffa south of Robe also had their hottest nights on record. Adelaide's Kent Town site recorded a grass minimum temperature of 26.9, the highest in the 30 years that the official Adelaide readings have been taken there. At the old West Terrace site, the highest grass minimum recorded was 29.0 on 20 January 1973 in 24 years of record.
A bushfire on Tasmania's normally wet West Coast broke out just west of Strahan yesterday and was moving towards the town today, causing the evacuation of campers from two camping areas. In VIC, a grass fire at Yambuk near Port Fairy burnt through 12 square kilometres, damaging fences and closing the Princes Highway for several hours. The Boulder Creek fire in East Gippsland has burnt through about 10 sq km, putting the settlements of Cabbage Tree Creek, Cape Conran, Bemm River and Bellbird Creek on alert.
NT, QLD: Scattered heavy falls from storms in the north. Some heavy storm rainfalls are recorded in downpours below, mainly around Darwin. However, Cloncurry QLD registered 40.2mm in 30 minutes to 4.42pm, 9mm falling in just 5 minutes.
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