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Media release
Greg Hunt MP
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Federal Member for Flinders

31 March 2006

Launch of official Bureau 7 day forecasts


The Hon Greg Hunt, Parliamentary Secretary with responsibility for the Bureau of Meteorology today announced that seven-day forecasts for all capital cities will be available from April 4.

"The forecasts have been trialled around Australia recently and this national launch follows the success of those trials and the demand from media and emergency services to see them continue," Mr Hunt said.

"The new official forecasts are the culmination of several years work by Bureau researchers using enhanced weather computer models and improved satellite input."

"Forecasters will have access to this additional information in preparing their forecasts and also to a range of new technology."

"In preparation for the April launch of the seven-day forecasts, the Bureau is now finalising the operational systems and support arrangements necessary to allow the robust and timely delivery of this new service to the community."

Mr Hunt said the Bureau currently provides its official four-day forecasts to various media outlets some of which then obtain additional, longer-term, forecast information from unofficial sources, both overseas and locally.

"The seven day forecasts for all capital cities apart from Darwin will ensure that the media is correctly informed by Australian Bureau of Meteorology information, which means the community receives timely and accurate information that has been supplied by world class Australian meteorologists using the most up to date technology available."

Media Contact:
Kristy McSweeney (Mr Hunt's Office) 0415 740 722

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