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18:30 AEST on Thursday 20 July 2017 | Cloud/surface composite, Australia

Cloud/surface composite, Australia satellite image of Australia at Thu Jul 20 08:30:00 2017

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

Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology 
Bureau National Operations Centre
Satellite Notes for 0600UTC Chart on 20 July 2017
Issued at 5:00 pm EST Thursday on 20 July 2017

A cold front extends over the Tasman Sea with complex low pressure systems to
its west. Associated with this are isolated to scattered shower and thunderstorm
activity across western Tasman Sea along with a thick, extensive cloud band over
eastern parts of the Tasman Sea.

The next significant cold front and a trough extends over southwest WA with an
extensive, thick cloud band that wraps around to a complex low pressure system
further south behind the cold front. A notable pool of cold air also resides to
the west of the cold front depicted by the speckled cloud over the Indian Ocean
and far southwest WA.

A third weakening cold front is rapidly moving up northeast from the Southern
Ocean and is currently located east of Tasmania over Tasman Sea with an
associated cloud band and the speckled cloud over northeastern Tasmanian and
Bass Strait in the cold air behind the front.

Patchy low level cloud over eastern NSW, VIC and southeast SA is associated with
low level moisture brought inland from the southerly airflow. 

A ridge of high pressure is responsible for keeping the remainder of the country
mainly cloud free.