Australia


Australia: Severe Thunderstorms in Vic & Tas Sunday PM, NSW Monday AM (+Maps)

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A burst of spring weather is affecting the south eastern corner of Australia today, tomorrow and the next few days.  Temperatures are likely to reach 36 degrees in Melbourne by Wednesday and even Tasmania will be in to the low 30s for a short time.


Australia: Young woman dies after being struck by lightning in Melbourne

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A woman in her 20s has died after she was struck by lightning during a storm in Melbourne's north-east on Friday night that produced 15,000 lightning flashes.

Emergency services said a woman and a man were both struck by lightning outside an address at Sunset Drive at Chirnside Park just after 8:30pm.


Australia: Rain lacking in Tasmania as heat records tumble

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The weather patterns responsible for record-breaking spring heat in Hobart this week have also taken a toll on Tasmania's rainfall this month.

Most locations in Tasmania have registered less than 40 per cent of their long-term monthly average rainfall during the first 23 days of November. 


Australia: Warm, humid end to spring in Sydney

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Sydney is about to have its warmest November week in nearly 50 years as temperatures climb during the final week of spring.

A stagnant pool of warm and humid air that has broken spring temperature records in southern Australia this week will move east and affect Sydney during the next seven days.


Australia: November heat in Melbourne breaks 162 years of records

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Melbourne is experiencing a record-breaking spell of November heat that will persist into the weekend.


Inland South Island heatwave continues for another week (+2 Maps)

The interior of the South Island will continue to join south eastern Australia's heatwave, with several days of well above average daytime temperatures continuing.

Hobart and Melbourne are breaking century-long records with the current heatwave and the same airflow is working its way into the lower South Island, affecting inland areas. Coastal areas are much cooler.


Australia: Hobart to break November heat record

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Parts of southern Tasmania registered their highest November temperature in a decade today, while Hobart is one day away from a new November heat record. 


La Nina? That depends on which Government forecaster you ask

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Whether or not a La Nina event is currently underway in the Pacific Ocean depends on which country you are in.

According to an update issued by Australia's Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) on Tuesday, the Pacific Ocean is currently in a neutral phase and there is a 70 per cent chance of a La Nina event occurring during the months ahead.


Australia: Record challenging heat for Melbourne & Hobart as eastern seaboard chills out

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Australia's eastern seaboard is experiencing a notably cool November this year, while a spell of late-spring heat is challenging records in the nation's southeast.


Australia: Storms leave a white blanket on the Blue Mountains

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Parts of the Blue Mountains reported a covering of hail on Friday afternoon, as severe thunderstorms rolled through the area.

The ranges and western slopes of New South Wales experienced widespread thunderstorms yesterday, with severe thunderstorm warnings for large hail and damaging wind issued for parts of the state and the ACT.