DEVELOPING STORY - QLD floodwaters kill 5; cause chaos

Five people have died after three cars were swept away by floodwaters in south-east Queensland during a torrential downpour.

Severe and dangerous storms lashed the region on Friday, with an east coast low .

South-east Queenslanders made 4,000 triple-0 calls between 3pm and 8pm Friday, averaging out to 13 a minute.

WeatherWatch April review; May preview

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Last month

In our last report we said that April was looking similar to March, but without the cyclones.
That turned out to be mostly true, but we also saw a cold southerly blast that produced snow to low levels, and rain return to many northern and western areas.

Week in Weather: What's Been Making Headlines this Week

A chilly week in parts is coming to a warmer close, but attention was split between events here and offshore this week - as we saw two of April's big stories continue on internationally as well.

Weather Video: Your Weekend forecast

A large high is rolling in for the weekend bringing settled weather to 99% of the country and mainly dry conditions.

By Sunday and Monday temperatures will be rising as a warm northerly flow out of the sub-tropics moves in.

Some rain or showers are possible next week – but the drought zones in the east are looking mainly dry at this stage.

Chile - Cabulco volcano erupts again (+photos)

Chile's Calbuco Volcano erupted again Thursday, marking the third time since last week, the National Service of Geology and Mining said.

Gregorio Billikopf lives across Lake Llanquihue from the volcano has been photographing and videotaping the three eruptions and described Thursday's event as spectacular but not as severe as the two prior ones.

Nicest day of the week (so far) coming tomorrow

On Friday we finally have some reasonable weather on the cards.

A high sits in the Tasman Sea right now, and though we still have a southwesterly airflow over the country, it's losing it's oomph - and certain parts of both islands will be sheltered - meaning widespread light winds and sunny skies.

Thursday's Weather Video - Wild winds won't last long

It's a blustery day across New Zealand as the low pressure system moves away from the country, though most places should see a gradual easing of the rought stuff.

Friday is looking similar with southwesterlies dominating the landscape, though frosts are possible for inland sheltered areas of both islands - either way it's looking chilly in the morning!

Conditions calming down and warming up before the weekend

After a wet and chilly start to the week, we're about to see things settle right down, as a southwesterly airflow lies over the country.

Wednesday's Weather Video - Warm weather returning

Today is the final day of cold sou'westers for many areas, with warmer, calmer weather moving back to many areas by the end of Friday and for the first weekend of May.

The large high will cross NZ from late Friday to early Tuesday bringing mainly settled, dry, weather this weekend and a calm start to next week.

Warm nor'westers return to many places early next week.

Kiwis encouraged to register for earthquake drill (+VIDEO)

A six-month campaign has been kicked off to get 1.5 million people signed up to a national earthquake drill later this year.

The New Zealand ShakeOut 2015 will take place at 9.15am on October 15.

Civil Defence Minister Nikki Kaye has launched the campaign today, with this new video featuring Sir Peter Jackson and Sir Richard Taylor.