Australia's summer outlook - and a quick look at NZ

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A dry and hot summer is anticipated for much, but not all of Australia, according to the latest seasonal outlook issued by the Bureau of Meteorology on Thursday.

Australia is heading towards the start of summer with the following broad-scale climatic influences at play:

Australia's tropical cyclone names for 2018/19

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The first tropical cyclone to be named in Australian waters during the 2018/19 season will be Owen, followed by Penny, Riley and Savannah.

Australia & NZ: Jet stream behind stormy weather

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A shift in the jet stream is responsible for a period of severe weather affecting multiple states and territories in Australia this week and some parts of New Zealand.

Video: NZ's weather forecast until Sunday + Melbourne Cup & US Midterm elections

A few things to focus on today and we’ll start over in Aussie with the Melbourne Cup this afternoon and the forecast looks interesting with the chance of late downpours even thunder around race time.

Australia: That's a wrap for the 2018 snow season as specific station records 0 cm snow depth

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Snow is likely to fall in Australia's alps during the second half of next week, a matter of days after the unofficial end of the Australian 2018 snow season.

For the first time in four and a half months, the natural snow depth at Spencers Creek in NSW hit zero centimetres on Wednesday, October 31st.

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.