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More heavy rain for Queensland

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Central, western and southeast QLD received more heavy rain with storms Tuesday. This was generally their heaviest rain since December 2010.

Baralaba in the Capricornia picked up a hefty 123mm in the 24 hours to 9am yesterday, this is their heaviest daily rain total in 8 years.


New Cyclone threat for Australia?

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The GFS long range weather maps, used by New Zealand and Australian forecasters but produced in America, are picking that a new cyclone may hit northern Australia early next week says WeatherWatch.co.nz.


Australia's extreme summer continues

Record breaking heat in Sydney, flash flooding in Melbourne and heavy rain and winds in Alice Springs all topped off an extreme 48 hours weather-wise in Australia this weekend and today things aren't much better.


What's coming up this week weatherwise

WeatherWatch.co.nz takes a look at any severe weather that lies ahead this week.

It's been incredibly busy weather-wise for the past month but conditions are going to be a little more settled this week for most New Zealanders and Australians.

While the tropics within our satellite map are expected to remain much quieter this week the focus will now shift to the Southern Ocean and activity there.


40 degree heat breaks record books

Timaru has broken the record for their hottest day ever with the temperature hitting a scorching 40.3 degrees in the shade shortly before 4pm today.

The extreme heat, which WeatherWatch.co.nz predicted yesterday, is connected to the same heat wave that saw Sydney climb to 42 degrees yesterday and then record their hottest night ever.


Record breaking hot night ends record long heatwave

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Sydney has sweated through its hottest night on record, the last of the hot nights in a record long heatwave, according to weatherzone.com.au.

The overnight low of 27.6 degrees is one degree higher than the previous record of 26.6, which was also in February, back in 1973.

It was still 33.2 at midnight, which is seven degrees above the average daytime maximum temperature.


Rare Image: Ex-cyclone over Alice Springs

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It's not often we put Alice Springs and Rainstorms together - but that's the case at the moment as ex-tropical cyclone Yasi pushes across the Australian desert.

Like an arrow being shot into a watermelon Yasi is going to push at least two thirds of the way into Australia bringing flash floods, high humidity and severe thunderstorms.

WeatherWatch.co.nz reader Dale Small sent us a copy of yesterday's satellite image showing a sight that many people would never have seen in their life time - a cyclone looking low pressure system directly in the middle of Australia.


Day after Yasi: delay and despair

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Yesterday was known as "the day after Yasi" for thousands of North Queenslanders.

On talkback radio and on the side of normally busy highways, the phrase emerged as locals stopped to share their experiences of Cyclone Yasi's roaring winds and unrelenting rain.


Heat surges across New Zealand & New South Wales

Extreme temperatures are pushing across eastern coastlines of both New Zealand and Australia this afternoon, reports WeatherWatch.co.nz.

The heat - which is all being created by the same weather system - is peaking in Sydney today and will peak in New Zealand tomorrow.


Major flooding in Melbourne as heat wave bakes Sydney

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Major flash flooding has again hit the state of Victoria overnight with Melbourne one of the worst affected areas reports WeatherWatch.co.nz.

Up to 174mm of rain fell in south east Melbourne in the past 24 hours, with most of that falling in just a few hours last night due to continuous severe thunderstorms, says a Bureau of Meteorology spokesman.