Heavy snow in Aussie, cold heading to NZ

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Snow has reached as far north as the New South Wales Central Tablelands, a result of the coldest blast of the year so far.

Snow fell as low as about 1000 metres above sea level overnight yesterday. As much as one or two centimetres of it fell at Sunny Corner, between Lithgow and Bathurst, and there has also been a light scattering in Oberon.

They're skiing in Oz, but there's no snow at home

As New Zealand skifields delay opening because of unseasonably warm weather, some Australian resorts have surprised the market by opening in late autumn.

Snowstorms and cold snaps allowed several New South Wales and Victoria slopes to open as early as May 20, with the added assistance of artificial snow.

Cold and blustery outlook for Sydney

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Sydneysiders hopefully made the most of yesterday's pleasantly crisp weather, since a series of cold fronts are set to deliver a cold and blustery week.

The first cold front was expected last night, turning the winds southwesterly and gusting up to 50 km/h. Winds will then ease during Tuesday before a stronger front arrives early Wednesday.

Extensive coverage of Australia's big cold snap

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UPDATED --- Extensive coverage from Weatherzone covering Sydney, NSW, Melbourne, Victoria, Alice Springs and the Top End.

May shaping up to be Sydney's coldest in four decades (written on Sunday)

Video: Amazing waterspouts off NSW coast

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Dramatic footage filmed from a helicopter by Australia's Channel 7 yesterday showing a series of powerful waterspouts near the coastal suburb of Terrigal, on Australia's New South Wales coast.

Several powerful columns of swirling air could be seen blasting along the water's surface near the coastline.

Flash flooding hits Sydney

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Heavy rain has led to local flooding in inner Sydney.

State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers and police have been involved in flood rescue operations at Alexandria and Zetland.

The rain hit properties on Bourke Road, Elizabeth Street and O'Riordan streets.

Oz wrap up

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It's about 40 years since Sydney has encountered such a chilly May and not since 1970 has the big city had to endure a very cool last month of Autumn.

Unusually more sunshine than average hasn't kept the temperatures particularly high but the overnight lows have been the sticking point and dropping more than a degree than normal.

Adelaide's longest run of May cold in decades

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As NZ heads towards it's hottest May on record those in Adelaide are seeing the end of their coldest May in 24 years.

Wild winds blast Sydney, NSW

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A deepening low pressure system swept north up the NSW coast on Wednesday morning, delivering some extreme winds to Sydney and heavy showers to Newcastle. These winds also whipped up huge seas and brought a significant wind chill factor.

Perth hit by tornado, heavy rain

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It was a very wet Friday morning in Perth as 24mm fell to 9am, marking their heaviest fall since August of last year.

As the cold front swept through Perth in the morning, it dropped a torrential 8mm in 10 minutes just as everyone was arriving at work, no doubt catching a lot of people off guard.

It also caused a damaging tornado.