Summer scorcher looms for two thirds of Australians

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The most widespread heat in five years could grip parts of southern and eastern Australia next week.

A pool of hot air is set to sweep across the country from Monday to Wednesday, sending the mercury soaring across multiple states and territories.

Australia: Turbulent Thursday in Vic, Tas, SA

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Parts of Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia could be lashed by storms and damaging winds on Thursday as a cold front sweeps across Australia's southeast.

Australia - 'Thunderstorm Asthma' advice issued as storms loom in Victoria

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Victorians who experience breathing difficulties or asthma have been advised to take extra care this evening, with a cool change and thunderstorms predicted for the state.

Eight people , putting emergency services and hospitals under strain as thousands of people experienced respiratory problems.

Australia: A taste of summer for Sydney

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A burst of hazy heat enveloped Sydney on Friday, with temperatures just not letting up well into the evening.

A deepening low pressure trough ahead of a cool change transported heat from the hot interior over the last couple of days, leading to a hot airmass over much of the eastern parts of the country. 

Melbourne set for a scorching Monday

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Hot and dry northerly winds will drive the temperatures into the mid-thirties for the start of the working week. 

Eastern Australia - Spring storm update

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Much of New South Wales and Queensland will have a break from thunderstorms today, but it won't last long.

Australia's storm season slow to start - but now here

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A spring storm outbreak is underway across parts of New South Wales this week, although the season has taken a while to get going this year.

Violent thunderstorms caused heavy rain, large hail and blustery winds in a number of districts during the last two days. For some areas, these have been some of the first big storms of the season.

Southeast Queensland into the mid-30s this week

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With balmy days and thunderstorms on the cards, the next seven days will have a distinct summer-like feel throughout southeast Queensland. 

Brisbane reached 34.4 degrees Saturday afternoon, its warmest day this early in November in over twenty years.

Scorching day today in Perth - an early November high of 37 degrees

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Perth is in for a torrid Saturday as temperatures soar close to 40 degrees.  Dreaded northeasterly winds will drag inland heat towards the west coast of Australia at the beginning of the weekend, launching the mercury into oppressive territory around Perth.

Cyclone season ready and set - but is our Government ready?

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New Zealand and Australia's 2016/17 Tropical Cyclone season officially begins on Tuesday this week.