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18:30 AEST on Thursday 19 July 2018 | Infrared, greyscale, Australia

Infrared, greyscale, Australia satellite image of Australia at Thu Jul 19 08:30:00 2018

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

Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology 
Bureau National Operations Centre
Satellite Notes for 1200UTC Chart
Issued at 11:00 pm EST Thursday on 19 July 2018

The cloud band crossing southeast Australia is associated with a broad and
strong cold front. Thunderstorms are embedded within this cloud band, while the
speckled cloud in the cold air behind this front is also indicative of active
convection and thunderstorms. Southern WA also is experiencing areas of low
cloud in the wake of this cold front.

An upper level jet-streak has produced high cloud over parts of NSW, streaming
offshore. High cloud drifting south from thunderstorm activity over Papua New
Guinea is also evident over Cape York Peninsula.

Areas of low and mid level cloud over central and northern Queensland is due to
a moist easterly onshore flow assisted by a surface trough. Patchy mid to upper
level cloud has developed over central parts of the Northern Territory, as upper
winds bring tropical moisture south over northern Australia.

The remainder of the continent is mainly cloud free under the influence of a
high pressure ridge extending across central Australia.