Tuesday, July 5, 2011
Our local weather
Pretty 'ordinary' at present - cold, windy, rain squalls accompanied by gusty winds up to 80kph. The official forecast was:
Southern Tablelands area:
Severe Weather Warning :
for Snowy Mountains, Metropolitan, Australian Capital Territory, South Coast, Illawarra, Hunter, Southern Tablelands and Central Tablelands forecast districts,
Warning to Sheep Graziers:
for Snowy Mountains, Australian Capital Territory, Riverina, Northern Tablelands, South Coast, Illawarra, Central West Slopes & Plains, South West Slopes, Hunter, North West Slopes & Plains, Lower Western, Southern Tablelands and Central Tablelands forecast districts,
A deep low-pressure system to the south, coupled with a ridge developing to the north produced, a strong pressure gradient across the region. Blizzard conditions of snow, reduced visibility, strong gale force winds, temperatures of zero or below could be expected across the ACT at 1000m. ACT State Emergency Service chief officer Tony Graham warned there was likely to be damage and advised people to protect themselves around their homes.
A deep low west of Tasmania with an associated cold front moving into Victoria. A high pressure system to the southwest of WA. The high is expected to remain stationary for most of the week, with a series of cold fronts moving through southeast Australia from the Southern Ocean. These fronts will maintain cold conditions and strong to gale force winds through much of central and southern New South Wales through the week.
Shower or two. Very windy.
Partly cloudy. Isolated showers, more frequent in the west. Winds westerly averaging 50 to 65 km/h. Daytime maximum temperatures around 9C.
Wednesday 6 July
Min 3C Max 9 C
Shower or two. Windy.
Cloudy. Areas of frost in the southeast in the morning. Isolated showers, falling as snow above 1200 metres. Winds westerly averaging 40 to 55 km/h tending west to northwesterly 45 to 60 km/h during the morning. Overnight temperatures falling to around 1C with daytime temperatures reaching around 9C.
Thursday 7 July
Min 3C Max 8C
Shower or two. Wind easing.
Cloudy. Areas of frost in the southeast early in the morning. Isolated showers until afternoon, falling as snow above 800 metres. Winds west to southwesterly averaging 40 to 55 km/h decreasing below 35 km/h during the afternoon. Overnight temperatures falling to 1C with daytime temperatures reaching around 8C.
Friday 8 July
Min -2C Max 8C
Becoming windy. Partly cloudy.
Partly cloudy. Areas of morning frost. Winds westerly averaging 15 to 30 km/h increasing to up to 55 km/h around midday. Overnight temperatures falling to minus 2 with daytime temperatures reaching around 8C.