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Friday, October 12, 2012

Weather

We had 28 mm (just over an inch) of rain overnight. We are having the coldest and wettest early Spring that I can recall. It was a day to dig that winter coat back out of storage. After reaching a top temperature of just 8.6 C at 4p m this afternoon, Canberra is on track to record its coldest October day in more than four decades.

The last time it was this unseasonably cold in Canberra in October was 1968, when the temperature got to just 8.2 C.

Dark day ahead … a surfer at Thirroul leaves the surf while a rainbow appeared over Manly Beach yesterday. The low pressure cell is expected to bring extreme weather to Sydney and southern regions this morning. Photo: Kirk Gilmour
There is a warning on the Bureau of Meteorology site:


Sheep Graziers are warned that cold temperatures, showers and southwesterly winds are expected during Thursday and Friday. Areas likely to be affected include the Snowy Mountains, Australian Capital Territory, North West Slopes & Plains, Riverina, Upper Western, Northern Tablelands, South Coast, Illawarra, Central West Slopes & Plains, South West Slopes, Hunter, Mid North Coast, Lower Western, Southern Tablelands and Central Tablelands forecast districts. There is a high risk of losses of lambs and sheep exposed to these conditions.Sheep Graziers are warned that cold temperatures, showers and southwesterly winds are expected during Thursday and Friday. Areas likely to be affected include the Snowy Mountains, Australian Capital Territory, North West Slopes & Plains, Riverina, Upper Western, Northern Tablelands, South Coast, Illawarra, Central West Slopes & Plains, South West Slopes, Hunter, Mid North Coast, Lower Western, Southern Tablelands and Central Tablelands forecast districts. There is a high risk of losses of lambs and sheep exposed to these conditions.
Weather Situation
A low pressure system deepening off the southern New South Wales coast will move north to north-eastwards along the coast today, before heading away to the east later in the day. A strong high pressure system near the Bight is expected to drift slowly east during the next few days, reaching the Tasman Sea by late Sunday. A weak cold front is forecast to cross southern parts of the state mid-week.

SPRING TIME SNOW COVERS THE REGION

Snow in Wamboin in NSW (near ACT border) makes for a winter wonderland in spring. Photo: Amanda Axelby

Forecast for the rest of Friday
Cloudy. Rain, falling as snow at times above 700 metres this morning. Clearing by about midday. Winds southerly 30 to 45 km/h tending south-westerly 25 to 35 km/h in the early afternoon. Daytime maximum temperatures between 11 and 16. 

LocationMinMax
Morning rain.Canberra16
A few morning showers.Tuggeranong16
Morning snow showers. Windy.Mount Ginini8

7 comments:

John Gray said...

chris is off to mebourne tomorrow! hope its a ittle nicer there

JohnD said...

By reports, Chris should feel right at home. If he's looking for some Antipodean warmth 'tho he can forget it! LoL!

The Elephant's Child said...

I would not be at all surprised if we get some of the white stuff today. It is damp, windy and chilly. (And I like the cold).

Susan Heather said...

Just received an email with photos of snow from my stepdaughter at Canyonleigh near Mittagong.

LindaG said...

I told my mom the other day that before we know it, we'll be having Christmas weather in July, Just like you all now; but then you may all be having summer in July.

Weird weather.

Have a great weekend, John!

JohnD said...

Snow from Sutton Forest to Wee Jasper and the snowy Mountains this morning - and now the skies are breaking, the sun is getting out and its really humid!

Rhonda said she won't cut the grass this afternoon - I told her she would bog the mower if she tried!

AstridsSoapbox said...

What gorgeous photos John. Snow always looks so beautiful in the first days...not so great when it gets all slushy though. Chin up, summer is just around the corner?