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15:00 ACST on Saturday 18 January 2020 | Cloud/surface composite, Australia

Cloud/surface composite, Australia satellite image of Australia at Sat Jan 18 05:30:00 2020

Images from Japan Meteorological Agency satellite Himawari 8 via Bureau of Meteorology.

Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology 
Bureau National Operations Centre
Satellite Notes for the 1800UTC Chart
Issued at 6:37 am EDT Sunday on 19 January 2020

A broad surface trough extends from WA across southern NT and through the
central parts of QLD, NSW and VIC. Another surface trough extends from southeast
QLD through far northeast NSW and into the Tasman Sea. Thunderstorms can be seen
to the north of the surface trough over central and northern WA, central and
southern NT, southeast QLD as well as northeast NSW. A middle level cloud band
extends from northeastern NSW and into the Tasman Sea.

Middle to high level cloud is streaming across northern SA, southwest QLD,
northwest and southeast NSW and eastern VIC, ahead of an upper level trough.

Low cloud extends over TAS and southern VIC in a moist onshore airstream driven
by a high pressure ridge over the Tasman Sea. Low cloud is also over southern WA
due to another ridge of high pressure.

A weakening cold front is moving across the Bight with high cloud streaming
across southeast SA and southwest VIC, ahead of the front .