The nation's capital has rewritten the record books this morning, producing a May-like morning in February.
A strong front that crossed on the weekend carried a very cold airmass for this time of year over southeastern Australia. It even produced snow in the Victorian Alps.
More than 12,000 insurance claims have already been lodged with damages at an estimated $31 million following the .
The Insurance Council of Australia (ICA) has declared the hailstorm a "catastrophe" with damage mostly to cars and roofs of houses.
"The damage bill is certainly mounting," ICA's Campbell Fuller said.
At least 15 homes have been lost in a fast-moving, out-of-control grassfire burning near Carwoola in New South Wales, as police warn that number may grow once more information comes to light.
While eastern Australia was recently baking under a record-breaking heatwave, followed by wildfires over NSW and snow in Tasmania, Perth experienced interesting and record-breaking February weather of its own.
Extreme weather has been the talk of Australia, but thankfully the worst affected areas will see normality return.
Firefighters warn that Australia's New South Wales region faces "catastrophic" fire conditions Sunday as strong winds push hot air across a region already parched by a heat wave.
Residents are urged to avoid or leave bushfire-prone areas.
Australia is sweltering today under an intense heatwave with temperatures in the mid to late 40s...Celsius.
Our friends at Weatherzone in Australia have been tweeting the big headlines this afternoon:
The heatwave across the country is expected to worsen over the weekend, with Rural Fire Services warning of potentially catastrophic fire conditions.
The Bureau of Meteorology said New South Wales could face its hottest February day on record, as temperatures are expected to reach 47 degrees Celsius in western parts of the state.