Extensive coverage of Australia's big cold snap

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UPDATED --- Extensive coverage from Weatherzone covering Sydney, NSW, Melbourne, Victoria, Alice Springs and the Top End.

May shaping up to be Sydney's coldest in four decades (written on Sunday)

Video: Amazing waterspouts off NSW coast

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Dramatic footage filmed from a helicopter by Australia's Channel 7 yesterday showing a series of powerful waterspouts near the coastal suburb of Terrigal, on Australia's New South Wales coast.

Several powerful columns of swirling air could be seen blasting along the water's surface near the coastline.

Flash flooding hits Sydney

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Heavy rain has led to local flooding in inner Sydney.

State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers and police have been involved in flood rescue operations at Alexandria and Zetland.

The rain hit properties on Bourke Road, Elizabeth Street and O'Riordan streets.

Oz wrap up

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It's about 40 years since Sydney has encountered such a chilly May and not since 1970 has the big city had to endure a very cool last month of Autumn.

Unusually more sunshine than average hasn't kept the temperatures particularly high but the overnight lows have been the sticking point and dropping more than a degree than normal.

Adelaide's longest run of May cold in decades

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As NZ heads towards it's hottest May on record those in Adelaide are seeing the end of their coldest May in 24 years.

Wild winds blast Sydney, NSW

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A deepening low pressure system swept north up the NSW coast on Wednesday morning, delivering some extreme winds to Sydney and heavy showers to Newcastle. These winds also whipped up huge seas and brought a significant wind chill factor.

Perth hit by tornado, heavy rain

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It was a very wet Friday morning in Perth as 24mm fell to 9am, marking their heaviest fall since August of last year.

As the cold front swept through Perth in the morning, it dropped a torrential 8mm in 10 minutes just as everyone was arriving at work, no doubt catching a lot of people off guard.

It also caused a damaging tornado.

'Once-in-a-lifetime' La Nina draws to a close

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One of the strongest La Niña events on record has finally concluded, after playing a major role in the record breaking rainfall and flooding seen through eastern and northern Australia over the last 10 months, according to

NZ warmer than many Australian cities

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Temperatures this month have frequently been higher than many Australian cities as La Nina starts to fade reports

In fact, as New Zealanders have been enjoying temperatures as high as 26 degrees this month parts of Australia are facing the earliest frosts in almost 40 years (Canberra) and snow on the mountains.

Winter arrives early for Sydney, Melbourne

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This week has been particularly chilly for parts of New South Wales, Victoria and the ACT across the Tasman.