Australia


Australia: Boom! Sydney wakes to "rare" rumbles on Wednesday

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Sydneysiders were woken up Wednesday morning by a loud bang that may have been caused by a rare type of lightning.


Australia: Big swells south of New Zealand reach popular Sydney beaches

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Early risers along the New South Wales coast may have been surprised to see big waves as the sun rose this morning.

A large and powerful groundswell originating from a system traveling to the south of New Zealand arrived on Australia's east coast a bit earlier than expected.


Australia: Thick fog in Brisbane delays & diverts flights

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Thick fog blanketed Brisbane this morning, reducing visibility on the roads and diverting flights away from the city's airport.

Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster Michael Paech said the thick fog would not last for long after moving in last night. 


Australia: Air quality improving in Sydney and Perth

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Hazard-reduction burning in the east and west brought a hazy start to the weekend in both Sydney and Perth.

Visibility fell to 150 metres at Richmond Airport on Saturday morning as fog mixed in with the smoke. In the Perth area, visibility is was reduced to about two kilometres during the morning.


Australia: Waterspout spotted off Sydney coast

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A waterspout was spotted off the coast of Sydney this morning.

The small but well-defined funnel could be seen descending beneath a layer of low, dark stratus cloud near Tamarama Beach.


Australia - Rain looms for NSW after dry start to May

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It has been a dry start to May across New South Wales, although some decent rain could be on the horizon.

Dominant high pressure systems over Australia's southeast so far this month have caused mostly dry weather in New South Wales. These highs hinder the progression of cold fronts and troughs that usually bring rainfall at this time of year.


Australia: More snow for Tasmania

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Tasmania is in for another blast of wind, rain and snow this weekend.

A cold front was expected to cross the state on Saturday and drag a pool of air from the Southern Ocean in its wake.


Australia - May snow in Tasmania

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There were wintry scenes across Tasmania yesterday morning as temperatures plummeted in the wake of a cold front.

The morning commute in Hobart was a bit harder than usual as blustery winds made it feel like just three degrees at 9am. Southwesterly winds increased further in the afternoon, making it feel even colder by lunchtime.


Fog and low cloud glooming southern Australia

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Large areas of southern Australia can expect a foggy start to the next few mornings, reducing visibility for the first few hours, even in the southeastern capitals.

A broad high pressure system combined with moist air will contribute to widespread low cloud and fog in all southern states, the ACT, New South Wales and southeast Queensland.


Australia - Perth records 0mm so far this April

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Perth has not recorded any rainfall so far this month.  The city is coming to the end of what is likely to be their first completely dry April in 35 years and only the fourth rainless April on record.