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Cold shudders through WA

Martin Palmer, Friday May 22, 2009 - 20:11 EST

The recent wild weather over Western Australia has brought some record breaking temperatures, with the effects being felt right across the state.

On Thursday a cold front moved through southern districts bringing rain and strong winds, up to gale force in places. However, the coldest air was sat behind a following front that reached the southwest coast late last night. The result has been dramatic drop in temperatures, today's maximums have suffered in particular.

Albany Airport, after recording 23 degrees yesterday only managed 11 degrees today, making it the coldest May day since 1976. Pemberton reached 10 degrees today, half of yesterday's maximum and the coldest May day since 1957. The cold has shocked WA to its bones as places as far afield as the Gascoyne felt the chill.

Right across the southwest today's maximums have generally been between 6 and 9 degrees below the May average. Further north 4 to 5 degrees below has been more the norm. Those seeking warmth should have headed for the Eucla today, where warm northwesterly winds and sunny skies ahead of the fronts took the maximum to 29 degrees, 8 above the May average.

- Weatherzone

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