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22:30 AEDT on Tuesday 6 December 2016 | Cloud/surface composite, Australia

Cloud/surface composite, Australia satellite image of Australia at Tue Dec  6 11:30:00 2016

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 Tuesday 06 December 2016
Issued at 12:48 am EDT Wednesday on 07 December 2016

A broad area of low pressure covers most of northern and eastern Australia. A
trough extends from northern WA, through the interior of the NT and southwest
QLD to northeast NSW. The trough then extends further to a low pressure system
over the Tasman Sea. The instability associated with the trough combined with a
warm moist airmass is resulting in middle level cloud with widespread showers
and thunderstorms across central parts of the country including through northern
WA, southern NT, SA, southern QLD and northeastern NSW.

Regions of QLD and the NT northeast of the trough are mainly hot and dry with
thunderstorms over southeast QLD.

A monsoon trough and a weak tropical low south of Java are enhancing the shower
and thunderstorm activity in the region.