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Western NSW chills through record May cold

Ben McBurney, Thursday May 23, 2013 - 11:24 EST

Thick cloud cover and rain areas produced unseasonable cold across
inland NSW on Wednesday, with some places seeing their coldest May day
on record.

While pretty much everywhere in the state was colder than average
yesterday, this was especially true for the northwest where some
places were up to 10 degrees below average.

Collaranebri crept up to just 13 degrees during the 24 hours to 9am
today, making Wednesday its coldest May day in 39 years of records.
Walgett struggled to just 12 degrees yesterday, its coldest day in
almost two years and its coldest May day in at least 18 years.

Several other places saw their coldest May days in at least a decade,
including Coonabarabran, Moree and Narrabri.

Thankfully, the cold came with a reward with some useful rain for
farmers, with a widespread 10-20mm across the last two days. Broken
Hill has seen 20mm the last couple of days, its heaviest rain since
spring and its heaviest May two-day total in eight years.

Temperatures should remain below average today across much of the
inland, particularly in the far west, although it should not be as
cold as yesterday. A cold pool of upper air will cross the region
today, producing further cloud and showers.

Thunderstorms should also flare up this afternoon across the Upper
Western, with some places under storms possibly seeing up to a further
30mm. Due to the cold nature of the air mass, hail is also possible in
any storms, although it should be small.

A high pressure system will push in from Friday bringing clearer
skies, causing maximum temperatures to return close to average,
although mornings will become chilly.

- Weatherzone

© Weatherzone 2013

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