Weather News - Fog and low cloud glooming southern Australia

Brett Dutschke, 29 April 2017

Large areas of southern Australia can expect a foggy start to the next few mornings, reducing visibility for the first few hours, even in the southeastern capitals.

A broad high pressure system combined with moist air will contribute to widespread low cloud and fog in all southern states, the ACT, New South Wales and southeast Queensland.

The high is maintaining humid sea breezes and gentle early-morning winds from Albany in Western Australia to Tasmania to eastern Victoria to Queensland's Sunshine Coast.

The sea breezes are relatively humid for this time of year with the aid of warmer-than average seas from where they blow. Gentle overnight-and-early-morning winds are allowing land areas to readily cool down, encouraging the moist air to condense into fog and low cloud.

On Saturday morning visibility dropped to about 100 metres in Albany, Shepparton, Goulburn and Armidale, about 200 metres in Canberra and Wangaratta and about 300 metres in Launceston.

On Sunday morning, low visibility from fog and low cloud should affect these areas and the surrounds due to a slow-moving weather pattern. Visibility will again become poor enough to slow and delay travel.

Parts of Adelaide, Melbourne, Canberra and Sydney are also a good chance to be affected.

Similar to the last few days, fog will lift during the morning but low cloud will linger for much of the day, maintaining a gloomy feel into the afternoon.

Fog will redevelop on Monday morning in some of the same areas but becomes less of a risk in SA and Tasmania due wind increasing wind.

A gusty cold front will reduce the fog risk further during the following few days, although easing wind and clearing skies later in the week could allow fog to reform.

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Weather News - Arid April in Perth

Ben Domensino, 28 April 2017

Perth has not recorded any rainfall so far this month.

The city is coming to the end of what is likely to be their first completely dry April in 35 years and only the fourth rainless April on record.

April usually marks the time of year when Perth starts to experience more rainfall as the nation's southwest transitions from the dry summer months to a wetter winter period.

However, dominant high pressure systems to the south of Western Australia this month have restricted rain-bearing cold fronts from reaching the city.

Perth will continue its dry rain into the start of May, with no rainfall forecast from now until at least the end of next week.

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Weather News - Dry taste for tropics

Bob Neil, 29 April 2017

The strongest southeasterly wind surge since last Dry Season has swept out any lingering sticky humidity from the summer over a large swathe of the central and eastern tropics.

Richmond, Innisfail, Townsville, Camooweal, Mackay, Ayr, Proserpine and Borroloola were just some of the centres to experience their coldest morning since last Dry Season. For Ingham, Ayr and Proserpine, it was the coldest April morning since Nirvana was headline news.

Borroloola and Camooweal cooled to about 10 degrees, likely a refreshing change for the notoriously humid towns and the coolest April morning since 1999.

Clermont and Alice Springs (not at all near each other) dropped to a three and a half degrees; the resulting frost pockets would have been a far cry from the baking 34 degree maxima and balmy 19 degree night/morning in Alice Springs on Monday. Hopefully, the campers packed their jumpers.

The tongue of cool, dry air will move northwestwards over coming days, giving the northwest NT a chance at a sub-20 degree night.

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