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23:30 AEST on Wednesday 23 May 2018 | Cloud/surface composite, Australia

Cloud/surface composite, Australia satellite image of Australia at Wed May 23 13:30:00 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 0000UTC Chart on 24 May 2018
Issued at 11:20 am EST Thursday on 24 May 2018

A large and slow-moving high pressure system centred over SA continues to
dominate the weather pattern over much of Australia. This high pressure system
combined with a series of cold fronts that have passed over Tasmania has
resulted in a cool south-westerly flow over south-eastern Australia with areas
of low cloud.

High level cloud spilling over northeast Australia is generated by a weak upper
level trough and is advected eastwards the subtropical jet stream.

A thick cloud band to the south-west of the continent is associated with a very
strong cold front that is moving up from the Southern Ocean and is approaching
southwest WA. Embedded thunderstorms are also observed within this cloud band.

The remainder of the country is mostly cloud free due to a surface ridge of high
pressure across the continent.