Australia's remarkable turn around - October rain already exceptional following September's record dry

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Many areas of Australia have seen a remarkable shift in the weather during October.

Last month was the driest September on record for Australia as a whole and its driest calendar month since April 1902. Most of the country received less than 20 per cent of its average rainfall during September, with the exception of a few small areas.

Australia also feeling the October chill: Spring dusting of snow hits the alps

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Australia's alps received a late-season dusting of snow this week, although it did little to slow the ongoing spring thaw in the mountains.

Showers spreading across eastern Victoria and NSW in the middle of the week combined with a pool of cold air to cause light snow in the alps on Wednesday night.

Australia: Supercell storms cause giant hail and a tornado in Queensland

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Supercell thunderstorms lashed southeast Queensland on Thursday, prompting the Bureau of Meteorology to issue warnings for tornadoes and giant hail.

Australia: Breaking down Sydney's recent rain

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Sydney has seen some impressive rainfall over the last couple of days, but how does it stack up against previous month and years. 

A low pressure system and associated trough that have been slowly moving across NSW in recent days have delivered some notable rainfall to the Sydney area. 

Australia: Welcome rain arrives in drought stricken western NSW

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Some areas of parched western NSW have received their best falls so far this year as a rain-bearing low pressure system moves across eastern Australia.

24 Maps/InfoGraphics for New Zealand & Australia weather this weekend

24 weather maps and detailed forecasts for both New Zealand and Australia for the final weekend of September.

Australia: Stormy weekend in southeast Queensland

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Showers and thunderstorms will affect parts of central and southeast this weekend, with severe storms likely in some areas.

An upper trough passing over eastern Australia will combine with warm, moisture laden air and a low pressure trough to trigger storms on both Saturday and Sunday.

Late-season chill also grips southeastern Australia

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It feels like spring hasn't started in parts of southeastern Australia, with some places registering their lowest September temperatures in years during the last couple of mornings.

A cold air mass combined with clear skies and light winds is producing unusually cold mornings in parts of South Australia, Victoria, NSW and the ACT this week.

Oz snow: One of the best seasons this century

Australia's snow season looks to have passed its peak depth for the season. So how did 2018 stack up to past years in Australia's alps based on snow depth?

After this week's natural snow depth of 176.5cm at Spencers Creek in NSW, it's likely that the peak of the 2018 season was 224.6cm back in late August.

Longer days to follow spring equinox

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Australia and New Zealand have made it through the depths of winter and will experience more daylight than darkness for the next six months.

The spring equinox occurs in Australia and New Zealand this weekend, marking the moment our sun appears to pass over Earth's equator after spending the last six months positioned above the northern hemisphere.