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Wet and record July warmth in SA

Rob Sharpe, Saturday July 13, 2013 - 14:47 EST

It's not an ordinary winter for some in South Australia after a strangely warm night with thunderstorms flaring in the north.

Leigh Creek recorded its warmest July morning on record today, only dropping to 15.6 degrees. This is 11 degrees above average and the warmest night since the middle of May.

Clare and Roxby Downs also had their warmest recorded July nights with records dating back 20 and 15 years respectively.

The warm night was due to a warm airmass in the area combining with thick cloud cover and gusty winds, keeping the warmest air near the surface.

Rain spread across South Australia yesterday with a low pressure trough, while storms raged in the North West Pastoral and West Coast overnight. By 9am rain and storms had brought Tarcoola its wettest July day in 15 years with 32mm.

Today, thunderstorms have continued in the west, while spreading further east into the Flinders district. Woomera has already seen storm after storm surge through the area, bringing bursts of rainfall and abundant lightning. This afternoon and evening rain and storms will spread further east, bringing rainfall to the south and thunderstorms across Northern Agricultural areas.

Tonight will be another warm night with the chance that July records could be broken in eastern parts of the state with similar conditions to last night.

Tomorrow will be drier across South Australia with rain and storms focussing on Victoria. There will only be a few showers about Southern Agricultural regions, clearing by Tuesday.

- Weatherzone

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