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23:30 AEST on Thursday 24 May 2018 | Cloud/surface composite, Australia

Cloud/surface composite, Australia satellite image of Australia at Thu May 24 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 1200UTC Chart on 24 May 2018
Issued at 11:00 pm 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 mostly about the coast.

High level cloud crossing 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 and is approaching southwest WA. Embedded thunderstorms and
squalls 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.