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Coldest September morning in 6 South Australia towns, dust storm warning

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Six towns in South Australia shivered through the coldest September morning ever on September 17, 2019. Meanwhile, Adelaide is expected to hit 30 °C (86 °F) for the first time this spring season on September 19 before the temperatures plummet again starting September 20.

The town of Yunta experienced the coldest weather on the morning of September 17, with a temperature of -3.2 °C (26.24 °F) recorded after 06:00 LT.

Meanwhile, Murray Bridge faced the morning with a temperature of -3.1 °C (26.42 °F), Snowtown with -2.3 °C (27.86 °F), Kingscote with -2.2 °C (28.04 °F), and Kadina with -1.7 °C (28.94 °F). Strathalbyn was the coldest with a low of -0.2 °C (31.64 °F). The entire area of Adelaide had a record low of 8 °C (46.4 °F) at 02:30 LT.

Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster Vince Rowlands said the unusually cold morning was mainly the result of clear skies and light winds. "It just allows the heat to escape from the atmosphere and we just get those really cold temperatures," he said.

A dramatic cool down is expected by Friday, September 20, accompanied by strong winds.

"A large area of the state is very dry and that could potentially produce fairly widespread areas of dust," Matt Collopy, senior forecaster of Bureau of Meteorology, said.

The weather is predicted to drop at 16 °C (60.8 °F) with up to 15 mm (0.6 inches) of rain combined with gusts and dust storm.

Collopy said strong winds up to 100 km/h (62 mph) are forecast to hit Adelaide, Coober Pedy, Kingscote, Port Lincoln, Roxby Downs, and Whyalla on Thursday morning, September 19.

SES acting duty officer David O'Shannessy prompted motorists to be aware of surroundings and "avoid being under large trees that could fall under high winds."

Dr. Nicola Spurrier, SA health acting chief medical officer, recommended people suffering from respiratory problems to stay out of the dust.

Featured image: GFS/TropicalTidbits

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