Australia


Your Bathurst 1000 detailed forecast

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Rain continues to threaten Mt Panorama this afternoon as The Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 continues.

See below for the latest detailed forecast and live rain radar updated every 6 minutes.

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More 'Morning Glory' appearances on the horizon

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The weather bureau says the rare cloud formation known as 'Morning Glory' could reappear again this week.

The spectacular cloud draws international visitors when it occurs at the end of each dry season in north-west Queensland's Gulf of Carpentaria.

It was seen for the first time this season in mid-September.


Queenslanders soaked from relentless rain

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Over the past week, areas of Queensland have been drenched by rain and storms, which have broken September rainfall records and there is still more to come.


Reader Video: Lightning over Brisbane

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WeatherWatch.co.nz reader Claire Wilkins has sent us a video she took of some intense lightning on Australia's Sunshine Coast back in 2008.

The footage shows some fantastic lightning shots over Brisbane, as seen from Maroochydore.

Thanks for the video Claire - and if you have a video you've posted on YouTube (or seen) send us the link using the Contact Us link above.


Travellers on cloud nine over 'Morning Glory'

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A rare meteorological event has begun over Queensland's Gulf of Carpentaria with the first 'Morning Glory' clouds of the season being spotted.

Every spring, people travel from around the world to see the spectacular cloud formation.

Morning Glory clouds have been seen on Sweers and Mornington islands in the Gulf this week.


Australia: Good voting weather; hung parliament likely

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It's still winter, which isn't the best season to have an election in.  Rain or cold weather = lower voter turn out. 

But the weather on Saturday couldn't have been better for Australians getting out to vote. 

Weather for most voters was fantastic from coast to coast.


Sydney joins North Island with early spring weather

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Sydney bathed in its warmest day this winter as the temperature nudged the mid 20s, more typical of spring, according to weatherzone.com.au.

By lunchtime yesterday it had warmed above 22 degrees in all suburbs and had reached 24 in the city and 25 at Mascot and Richmond, five above the August average.


Gales, big seas, and calm sunny days - Eastern Australia

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Parts of Australia have enjoyed unusually warm weather across the weekend thanks to a large high that fed down warm northerly winds along the eastern coastline.

Brisbane is seeing highs well into the mid 20s while Sydney climbed to 21 degrees on Saturday with clear skies.


West Oz and the big dry

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The Australian  Agriculture Minister says the lack of rain is costing the state's grain sector $250 million a week.

Western Australia has experienced one of its driest winters on record and growers are expected to produce a below average harvest.

Terry Redman has told State Parliament that despite the recent rainfall, many farmers in the Wheatbelt are doing it tough.


Rough weather hitting OZ, now coming our way

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Widespread rain is hitting Queensland, Melbourne has it's second coldest day this year and one of the most intense thunderstorms in a decade hit Wagga Wagga - and the deep low producing this weather in Australia is heading directly our way.