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Weather News - A hop, skip and jump for the Easter bunny to a chilly and wet Tassie

Sam Brown, 20 April 2014

A series of cold fronts and a low pressure system will sweep over Tasmania during the next week, bringing showers on most days and keeping temperatures to those more likely to be experienced in winter.

Overnight temperatures have dropped below freezing in parts of the Central, East Coast, Central North and Midlands districts marking a cool welcome for the Easter bunny. Widespread light showers have also contributed to the cool welcome, with 1-10mm falling across the west and south.

Tonight is expected to be slightly cooler than last night across the majority of TAS as a cold front passes over the state. In the wake of this front a low pressure system will then move in, bringing widespread showers.

Over the next few days western areas will experience the heaviest of these showers, with some areas expected to receive between 20-30mm in a day and a weekly total of more than 50mm in parts.

Gusty winds are also expected about southern and western areas, particularly about the exposed coasts and higher peaks, with some areas forecast to reach over 80km/h at times.

- Weatherzone

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Weather News - Jack becomes Australia's tenth cyclone

Guy Dixon, 19 April 2014

Tropical Cyclone Jack has rapidly developed over the warm waters of the Indian Ocean in the past 24 hours, making it the 10th system to be named this season.

Early this morning, a tropical low pressure system swiftly deepened just within the Australian region (90 degrees East) to form Tropical Cyclone Jack. The warm 28+ degree sea surface temperatures aided in the intensification of this system as its central pressure dropped to 992 hPa and wind speeds accelerated to 120 km/h.

This system is currently located well offshore, more than 2500 km from the western most part of the continent, however it is expected to further intensify over the remainder of the weekend.

Jack is expected to move in a southwesterly direction today before tracking south and deepening tomorrow. From Monday, the system should continue to move in a south-southeasterly direction however less favourable environmental conditions including cooler sea surface temperatures are likely to contribute to a decrease in intensity.

Jack is not likely to directly impact Western Australia, however as it dissipates into a deep low pressure trough some rain may be carried over southern parts of WA towards the end of the week.

The Australian tropical cyclone season runs through until the end of April, so Jack may well be the last system that we see. In the past however, cyclones have developed outside this time frame so another system cannot be ruled out.

- Weatherzone

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Weather News - Chilly Easter egg hunt for NSW

Drew Casper-Richardson, 20 April 2014

Parts of New South Wales have shivered through their coldest night of the year with temperatures as much as nine below average.

Cold mornings need three key ingredients: a cool airmass, calm or light winds and clear skies. On Saturday a cold front swept through New South Wales bringing with it a cooler airmass. Overnight and into Sunday morning a high pressure system kept skies clear and winds light. These three factors combined to make for a chilly (even frosty for some) Easter egg hunt on Sunday morning.

Overnight temperatures dipped between five and nine degrees below average in the North West Slopes & Plains, Central West Slopes & Plains and the Riverina. Those in Cooma needed to throw an extra layer on before heading out to look for Easter eggs with their first frost of the year. It chilled to minus two degrees which is five below average. Coonamble dropped to just three degrees which is nine below average and the coldest morning since October.

Other places in the state had their coldest April morning in two years including Bombala (zero degrees), Moss Vale (three degrees) and Albion Park (seven degrees). In the Sydney Basin most suburbs cooled between two and four degrees below average.

Increased cloud cover will trap some of the day time heat bringing a slightly warmer start to Monday. It will still be a cold morning through much of the same areas though with temperatures generally only expected to be a degree or two above Sunday morning.

- Weatherzone

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