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Gloomy skies spoil eclipse along NSW coast

Ben Domensino, Wednesday November 14, 2012 - 15:23 EDT

Unwanted cloud brought a cool day to parts of the NSW coast after spoiling this morning's partial solar eclipse.

A trough of low pressure combined with moist onshore winds to bring a veil of grey cloud over southern and central parts of the NSW coast today.

Most places south of about Port Macquarie, including Newcastle, Sydney and Wollongong, all had trouble viewing the partial solar eclipse this morning due to the cloud.

Photos and vision of the total solar eclipse in QLD this morning were enough to make lunar enthusiasts in NSW jealous. Only patchy cloud cover over Cairns allowed a clear show as the moon totally covered the sun.

Adding to the disappointment along coastal NSW, lingering cloud caused a bleary day by keeping temperatures more than six degrees below average in some places.

Ulladulla only reached 16 degrees today, making it the coolest November day in two years. Sydney's temperature remained below 20 degrees for most of the day, which is around four below average. Newcastle also stayed below 20 degrees for most of the day, while Wollongong only reached 18.

Thursday will be a few degrees warmer for those along the state's east, although the working week will end on a cool note thanks to the arrival of another trough.

- Weatherzone

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