Australia: Bitter cold, hail & snow in VIC (+PICS; VIDEO)

A bitter cold that brought winds, hail and snow to Victoria is set to continue for the state but destructive winds will dissipate.

The Bureau of Meteorology predicts today will have the worst of the weather, with temperatures close to zero expected across Victoria and strong winds and thunderstorms hitting coastal areas.

The rough stuff - Your Weather Highlights for the next 3 days

There's heavy rain, strong winds, low temperatures and snow this week - welcome to the school holidays, kids!

The midweek is looking rough in some parts of the country, and while everyone will get a taste of the lower temperatures, the worst of the weather looks confined to a few key areas through the next 3 days.


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Heavy rain, gale winds arrive - The Big Picture on Wednesday

Here comes the winter we've all been waiting for!

A big blast coming - Tuesday's Weather Video

A typical winter forecast is on the way, smack bang on time for the school holidays!

The South Island is looking to get the coldest and wettest weather to start, while the North Island stays settled for longer - but the next 24 hours are set for a big change.

There are building clouds and building winds - with some fierce, cold and showery weather coming in.

A springier feel - Your Weather Highlights for the next 3 days

It's a return to a spring or autumn-like weather pattern this week, as some weather comes in from our west - pulling in some very strong westerlies and rain for parts of the country.

Wednesday could see some gale force winds, possibly rising even to severe gale force, or "hurricane strength" at times in exposed places, while there's some wet weather affecting the South Isl

Wet in the west - The Big Picture on Tuesday

There's a mix of wet and dry on Tuesday, after some very low temperatures and chilly conditions in some parts of the country to kick the week off.

School holiday weather - Your Monday Weather Video

The school holidays are underway and the weather is, well, typical for mid July!

Over the coming week we have a mixture of wind, sun, rain and snow - and snow coming to ski fields in both islands for a time.

With no El Niño anymore the neutral pattern means there's a real variety of conditions being thrown at New Zealand right now.

Wow! Check out this way to beat the heat - Korea's massive annual waterfight (+VIDEO)

In a bid to beat the summer heat, South Koreans have taken part in a huge water gun fight in the streets of Seoul.

The fight is part of the fourth Sinchon Water Gun Festival, which kicked off on July 9.

Water fights have recently become popular summer festivities in Korea, according to local media.

A cool, dry start to the week - Your Main Centre Outlook on Monday

A big bubble of high pressure has pushed away a lot of the wet weather we've seen over the weekend - leaving a lot of sun in its wake.

The high pressure sticks around on Monday, bringing northerly winds down in the aftermath of the low pressure that's been affecting our weather recently - and bringing temperatures up a little - but not too much!

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Enjoying 2016? It's set to be one 'leap second' longer! (+VIDEO)

We hope you're enjoying 2016 -- it's set to be just a tick longer than a normal year.

And by 'tick', we mean that literally. A single 'leap second' will be added to the world's clocks at 23:59:59 p.m. UTC on December 31, according to the U.S. Naval Observatory.