Australia


Australia: Tasmania to thaw from late-season chill

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A late-season chill has recently hit Tasmania with frosts but the island state is about to gradually warm up during the next several days and nights.

Temperatures have dropped to as much as 10 degrees below average but by the end of the week should be as much as five degrees above average.


Australia: Hottest weather in half a year on its way later this week

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The hottest period since last autumn is expected to descend upon the southeast later this week with the Bureau of Meteorology forecasting a low intensity heat wave across much of NSW, as well as parts of SA and QLD between Wednesday and Saturday. 


Australia: Hot and dry transition into summer

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The Bureau of Meteorology's latest three-month outlook was released on Thursday and the message for most of Australia is clear: the odds favour warm and dry weather between November and January.


Australia: Another reminder summer isn't quite here yet

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It's been a month of see-sawing temperatures for some this October, and the last few days are no different for Adelaide and Melbourne.

After a very chilly day for Adelaide on Wednesday, temperatures warmed considerably into the end of the week, climbing from around 6 degrees below average, to nearly 6 degrees above average.


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.