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Ouse
Tasmania
Population 368 (2011 census)
Established 1842
Postcode(s) 7140
Elevation 150 m (492 ft)
Location
LGA(s) Central Highlands Council
State electorate(s) Lyons
Federal Division(s) Lyons

Ouse is a small town in the Central Highlands Council local government area in Tasmania, Australia on the Lyell Highway. At the 2011 census, Ouse had a population of 368.

History

Ouse is the settlement where convicts James Goodwin and Thomas Connolly broke out of the South West Wilderness four weeks after their escape from Sarah Island. Ouse Post Office opened on 1 October 1835.

The town briefly made national headlines in August 2006 when the Ouse District Hospital, originally established as a Bush Nursing Centre and reconstituted in its present form in 1956, was downgraded to a community health centre.

Climate

Ouse has a oceanic climate, verging on Mediterranean, with higher rainfall and humidity in winter than in summer, and average temperatures cooler than most of mainland Australia. The diurnal ranges are rather high throughout the year, due to the inland location. Rainfall is highest in late winter and early spring, whilst lowest in midsummer. Frost is very common in the winter. Snowfall is rare, but not unheard of.

Climate data for Ouse Fire Station
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 40.7
(105.3)
39.0
(102.2)
36.4
(97.5)
30.5
(86.9)
26.0
(78.8)
19.3
(66.7)
19.6
(67.3)
22.5
(72.5)
27.1
(80.8)
30.8
(87.4)
33.6
(92.5)
38.0
(100.4)
40.7
(105.3)
Average high °C (°F) 25.4
(77.7)
25.3
(77.5)
22.3
(72.1)
18.3
(64.9)
14.8
(58.6)
11.9
(53.4)
11.7
(53.1)
13.6
(56.5)
15.8
(60.4)
17.9
(64.2)
21.0
(69.8)
23.0
(73.4)
18.4
(65.1)
Average low °C (°F) 10.1
(50.2)
10.0
(50)
7.9
(46.2)
4.9
(40.8)
3.6
(38.5)
1.4
(34.5)
1.0
(33.8)
2.0
(35.6)
3.9
(39)
5.3
(41.5)
7.2
(45)
8.7
(47.7)
5.5
(41.9)
Record low °C (°F) -0.4
(31.3)
0.2
(32.4)
-3.2
(26.2)
-5.6
(21.9)
-6.3
(20.7)
-7.8
(18)
-6.8
(19.8)
-6.7
(19.9)
-4.3
(24.3)
-3.5
(25.7)
-2.7
(27.1)
0.0
(32)
-7.8
(18)
Precipitation mm (inches) 26.3
(1.035)
31.3
(1.232)
31.1
(1.224)
29.7
(1.169)
34.0
(1.339)
41.8
(1.646)
48.1
(1.894)
64.2
(2.528)
67.8
(2.669)
51.8
(2.039)
38.7
(1.524)
33.9
(1.335)
506.3
(19.933)
Humidity 39 41 47 55 63 71 68 61 57 54 49 43 54
Avg. precipitation days (≥ 0.1mm) 8.5 8.0 9.6 10.2 13.3 14.6 16.6 16.8 15.8 15.4 12.2 11.2 152.2
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