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Weather News - Victoria chills through coolest weather of the year

Ben McBurney, 23 April 2014

A cold front has brought the chilliest weather of the year to parts of Victoria as maxima and minima fell several degrees below average over the past 24 hours.

The front crossed the state yesterday bringing a cold day with cloud, showers and a cool air mass.

In Melbourne, rain developed in the morning and again in the afternoon, resulting in the coolest day of the year, with the mercury struggling to just 16.8 degrees. Avalon managed to reach just 17.5 degrees, also the coolest day of the year.

In the wake of the front, skies cleared and winds eased allowing the mercury to plummet, particularly in the state's west.

Stawell endured its coldest morning since October as it dipped to just 3.1 degrees, while Ballarat chilled to just 1 degree, its coldest since December.

Looking further ahead, today will be a little warmer and generally dry as a high pressure ridge extends across the state.

However, another front will cross the state during Thursday, causing showers and cooler daytime temperatures. Skies will clear again during the evening, with Friday morning likely to be the coolest for many places since early-to-mid spring.

- Weatherzone

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Weather News - Final wet season splash coming to Darwin

Rob Sharpe, 22 April 2014

Darwin will finish off its above average wet season with another drenching as a potential cyclone will come near.

A tropical low has formed in the Arafura Sea, well to the north of the Northern Territory. It is expected to remain weak as it moves south in the next couple of days.

On Wednesday the low will approach the Top End with a region of low pressure ahead of the system producing isolated showers and storms.

Showers and storms will be a little more widespread on Thursday as the system comes closer and potentially intensifies. There is a chance that it will become a tropical cyclone named Kate.

On Friday the system could be at its closest to the NT Top End, leading to areas of rain with isolated thunderstorms mixed in. There should also be some gusty northeasterly winds, particularly about the Tiwi Islands and coastal areas.

There is still some uncertainty regarding the movement of this low, but there are indications that the system will start tracking in a more westerly direction from Saturday and into next week. Saturday could be particularly wet in Darwin with moist northeasterly winds.

With the system likely to track west, showers and storms will gradually ease across the NT, but the weakening northeasterly flow will still bring in plenty of moisture. The northern WA coastline could see some significant rains from this potential cyclone, depending on its track and intensity.

So far in the wet season Darwin has seen 1840mm, more than 150mm above the long term average. By the end of the month it should move into the top 15 wet seasons of the last 74 years as it approaches 2000mm. However this is still well short of the record breaking wet season of 2010/11 with 2918mm.

- Weatherzone

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Weather News - Good wet season for northern QLD

Ben Domensino, 23 April 2014

Late wet-season rain has brought some of the heaviest falls since December to parts of Queensland's Gulf Country.

A trough over northern QLD being fed by moist easterly winds triggered the heaviest rain of the year to date.

Normanton collected 72mm, more than any daily total since the start of December and the heaviest for April since at least 2001. Nearby Burketown recorded 35mm, the heaviest for April in four years.

The latest rain brings Normanton's wet season rainfall total (October to April) up to 860mm, which is right on average for the last 13 years.

The wet season has been a good one elsewhere in northern Queensland, particularly over the western Peninsula.

Kowanyama Airport has seen over 2.2 metres of rain during the wet season, almost double the long term average and the wettest in over 100 years of records. More than half of this rain fell during the wettest February on record, while Tropical Cyclone Gillian provided a good amount in March.

Showers will continue across the Gulf Country today as the trough gradually weakens, before clearing this evening. Drier conditions from Thursday will see out the last week of the wet season for most of northern QLD.

- Weatherzone

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