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18:30 AWST on Thursday 28 January 2021 | Cloud/surface composite, Australia

Cloud/surface composite, Australia satellite image of Australia at Thu Jan 28 10:30:00 2021

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
Issued at 6:44 pm EDT Thursday on 28 January 2021

The dominant feature in the tropical north of the country is an active monsoon
trough, which is causing convective cloud and thunderstorms and has several
embedded lows. The low in the Gulf of Carpentaria is persistent, as is a low in
the northern Kimberley region, both with areas of deep convective cloud and

A surface trough extends from interior NT through Qld, central NSW and to VIC
producing thunderstorms.

A cold front and low is developing just over the SA coast in the Bight which is
associated with the widespread rainfall across southeastern NSW, ACT and
northeastern Vic. This is connected to tropical moisture being drawn across
interior Australia which can be seen as mid-high level cloud.

A large mid to high level cloud band in the Tasman Sea is still connected to the
coast of NSW. 

Moist onshore flow is bringing low level cloud to much of the southern mainland

The remainder of the continent is mostly cloud free.