Tassie swans around as mainland swelters

THE black swans of Launceston's Seaport enjoyed a higher tide than usual thanks to a twice-yearly event.

Greens Cross Australia project Witness King Tide said Low Head experienced an especially high tide about 12.15pm yesterday.

King tides occur twice a year when there is an alignment of the gravitational pull of the sun and the moon. In Tasmania, they range between one metre and three metres.

It was also pleasantly warm in Launceston yesterday at 24 degrees, though today is expected to drop slightly to 21 degrees.

The state's weather is at odds with conditions interstate, with temperatures expected to reach almost 50 degrees in some regions.

Moomba, in the far north of South Australia, baked with 49.3 degrees, not much short of the hottest temperature ever recorded in Australia,  50.7 degrees in Oodnadatta on this day in 1960.

Western and northern parts of Queensland endured searing heat, with some 20 towns recording temperatures above 40 degrees yesterday. 

The highest was in Birdsville where it reached 48.7 degrees at 4.39pm, not far off its 49.5-degree record. 

Bureau of Meteorology climatologist Ian Barnes-Keoghan said Tasmania was missing out on warm weather thanks to a belt of westerly winds.

``Tasmania and southern Victoria is separated by where all that warm air is,'' Mr Barnes-Keoghan said.

``It looks like we're going to miss out on that pool of warm air.''

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