Fairfax Media Network

Weather News

Contrasting airmasses over WA

Drew Casper-Richardson, Sunday November 3, 2013 - 11:16 EDT

Parts of the Gascoyne and Goldfields in WA warmed to as much as eight above average on Saturday, while in the far south it was as much as 10 below average.

During Saturday a trough lingering over Western Australia separated two very different airmasses. To the north, an exceptionally hot and dry airmass with a cool, moist one to the south.

The Kimberley had the hottest temperatures in the state, reaching 43 degrees at Derby, Fitzroy Crossing and Wyndam. Although it was in the Gascoyne and northern Goldfields where the greatest variance to the average was achieved. In both Yeelirre (Goldfields) and Meekatharra (Gascoyne) the mercury climbed to 41 which is eight degrees above average. For Yeelirre it was their hottest day since February. At 5:30pm in Meekatharra it was still 40 degrees with a dew point of minus 21 and humidity levels at just 2%, highlighting just how hot and dry the airmass was.

South of the trough, in the cool and moist airmass, the majority of the South Coastal had top temperatures of four to six degrees below average. At Balladonia (Eucla) it only reached 18 degrees, 10 below average.

In Norseman (southern Goldfields) it only reached 19 degrees which is also 10 below average. However, in the northern Goldfields, Leinster (488km away) it hit 40 degrees, 8 above average.

On Sunday temperatures will warm in the south as heat is drawn ahead of the next trough.

- Weatherzone

© Weatherzone 2013

More breaking news

ABC News
Sydney Morning Herald
National Nine News
News Limited

Display Your Local Weather

Weather News

Drought worries grow in Victoria, South Australia with some areas having lowest rainfall on record

17:22 EST

Rainfall totals are the lowest on record over the past year for parts of western Victoria and south-eastern South Australia, weather forecasters are warning.

Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce 'takes on board' concern that farmers are struggling to access drought loans

15:53 EST

Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce has indicated he might be prepared to consider changes to improve the Federal Government's concessional loans scheme for drought-hit farmers.

Labor, Greens slam Agriculture White Paper for lack of strategic vision or climate change consideration

14:44 EST

Prime Minister Tony Abbott says his government "wants to back people who are prepared to back themselves", and that a newly released vision for Australian agriculture will do just that.