Australia


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 weatherzone.com.au.


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 WeatherWatch.co.nz.

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.


Lightning hits Qantas jet departing Auckland

A Qantas flight from Auckland to Melbourne was turned back after it was hit by lightning.

The Boeing 737, flight QF 26, had 144 passengers on board. The crew did not declare an emergency and the 737 landed safely at Auckland about 2.30pm.

Qantas said damage to the aircraft was not known but it returned to Auckland as a precaution.


NZ & Australia worlds apart weatherwise

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While Australia often has more extreme weather than New Zealand lately it's not only been the other way around, but Australia has been quickly slipping into winter while northerlies here have helped create record May temperatures.


Snow expected in parts of Australia

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A cold front surging over eastern Australia mid-week looks set to yield a flurry of Autumn snow.

This cold front will be unusually intense for Autumn, with very cold air extending from Tasmania up to the tablelands of NSW.

While fairly common for Tasmania and the Victorian Alps, snowfall this early in May is quite unusual for the NSW ranges.


Wintry chill to engulf Victoria

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Melbourne has seen some of its coldest weather of the year over recent days, with a maximum of just 14.8 degrees on Thursday and a chilly start of 6 on Saturday morning.

Rather than being a brief taste of winter, it is simply a forerunner to a week of numbing cold.


Sydney gets more downpours

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Sydney has had its wettest start to autumn in over 2 decades. An upper level cold pool of air and moist southeast winds have combined to bring more heavy rain to Sydney.


Big wet in Oz almost a record

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The tap has been turned off over the Top End of Australia after one of its wettest wet seasons on record, when more than 2500mm fell in some areas.