Australia


North Queensland continues wet trend

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A rash of showers, cloud and onshore winds have brought Cairns and much of Queensland's North Coast a damp and dreary Easter.


Darwin feels the heat

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Darwin residents who are old enough, have just endured their hottest March in 68 years.

The average maximum temperature for the month was 33.3 degrees, about one and a half degrees above the long term average.

Not a bad effort considering only one day exceeded 35 degrees, on the 12th.


Exclusive damage photos and eyewitness account of Cyclone Ului

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By WeatherWatch.co.nz readers Liz & Alf from the Queensland Armchair Guide

Living high above the entrance to one of Australia's busiest harbours is a rewarding experience. Wonderful scenery and a tranquility that brightens up even the occasional overcast sky.


Perth cops a pasting

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Perth was plunged into chaos last night as wild thunderstorms ripped through the city with a ferocity not seen in decades.

Motorists have been warned to take care with more than 80 traffic lights still out of action after last night's wild storms and more bad weather on the way.


Ului weakens as north Qld mops up

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Cyclone Ului has been downgraded to a tropical low as the system moves inland in north Queensland.

It crossed the coast as a category three cyclone early this morning near Airlie Beach, north of Mackay, before steadily losing strength.

The State Emergency Service (SES) has responded to about 600 calls for help across the cyclone region.


Queensland assesses cyclone damage

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North Queensland residents have woken to damage wrought by Cyclone Ului, which crossed the coast near Airlie Beach in the Whitsundays early this morning.

There are reports of trees and power lines being brought down by winds that reached 200 kilometres an hour when Ului hit land at 1.30am (AEST) as a category three storm.

It's now been downgraded to a category two and is expected to weaken to a rain depression by this afternoon.


Category 3 severe tropical cyclone Ului makes landfall

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Severe Tropical Cyclone Ului, category 3, made landfall this hour near Proserpine with wind gusts at 205km/h says WeatherWatch.co.nz.

Head weather analyst Philip Duncan says live rain radar images clearly show the centre of the storm moving inland.  "The cyclone has made a direct hit between Proserpine and Bowen on the Queensland coast".

Full details, news, live rain radar, weather maps below...


Amazing VIDEOS: Huge thunderstorm causes flash flooding in Melbourne

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Victorians are still reeling from yesterday's wild weather as they brace for possible flash flooding today.

Wild weather dumped heavy rainfall over much of Victoria overnight, following severe afternoon thunderstorms that caused flooding and hail damage across Melbourne.

Storm damage to Melbourne's Docklands Stadium is reported to be in the millions after part of the roof collapsed and bars flooded.


Desert town baffled as fish fall from sky

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A town in the northern Australian desert has been pelted in a downpour - of fish.

Marine life tumbled out of the sky on two occasions last week, raining down on the Northern Territory town of Lajamanu, about 550km southwest of Katherine. The town is hundreds of kilometres from lakes and the coast.

The Northern Territory News reported yesterday that resident Christine Balmer did a double-take as the fish - believed to be small spangled perch - fell from the sky.


Soggy southeast Oz

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It's been a damp time for southeastern parts of Australia in the last 3 weeks bringing smiles to many farmers in rural areas but not all residents in the big cities are entirely happy.

For the month of February, Sydney has already hit over 200% of their average monthly rainfall, Canberra has topped 250% and Melbourne just under 150%.