Sydney storms: 12,000 insurance claims lodged, $31 million in damages

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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.

Australia: 15 homes lost, firefighters injured in fast-moving blaze in NSW

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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.

Australia - Storms likely for Sydney this arvo

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Heat will build during this morning, which will likely lead to thunderstorms from this afternoon.

Australia: Perth has its wettest season on record

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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.

Australia: Warming and storming in NSW

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Heat is flowing back into NSW this week, but this time thunderstorms should be the talk of the town.

From extreme to tame - Australia also sees a weather change this week

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Extreme weather has been the talk of Australia, but thankfully the worst affected areas will see normality return.

Australia: 'Catastrophic' bushfire warning for parts of NSW today, record temperatures

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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: Heatwave hits, temperatures roar to 47 degrees

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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:

NSW facing hottest February day as heatwave moves across Australia

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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.

Australia heatwave sees highs approach 50 degrees C, warnings issued

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Brace yourself, Australia: it's going to be like an oven out there for large swathes of the country.

Parts of Australia's south and east will swelter through 40-plus temperatures today as severe heatwave conditions continue to develop.