Cyclone watch issued for Darwin

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Darwin and the surrounds are being flooded by the biggest rain in several years as a monsoon low hovers over the western Top End.

Shoal Bay, just to the north of Darwin, gained 259 millimetres of rain in the 24 hours to 9am Tuesday, their biggest rain in 14 years.

Heavy monsoon rain for the tropics this week

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The monsoon season is in full swing this week, with repeated heavy rainfall forecast for much of northern Australia. Some parts of the Top End are likely to receive upwards of 300 mm this week, and weekly totals of over 100 mm picked for a large area.

Western Oz takes a pounding

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During the last few days heavy rain and storms have been flooding parts of Western Australia, with the Gascoyne region the hardest hit during the past 24 hours.

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

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 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 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

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. 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.