Australia


West Oz and the big dry

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The Australian  Agriculture Minister says the lack of rain is costing the state's grain sector $250 million a week.

Western Australia has experienced one of its driest winters on record and growers are expected to produce a below average harvest.

Terry Redman has told State Parliament that despite the recent rainfall, many farmers in the Wheatbelt are doing it tough.


Rough weather hitting OZ, now coming our way

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Widespread rain is hitting Queensland, Melbourne has it's second coldest day this year and one of the most intense thunderstorms in a decade hit Wagga Wagga - and the deep low producing this weather in Australia is heading directly our way.


Northern Australia breaks heat records

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Yesterday was the breaking point for Darwin as the maximum exceeded 34 degrees for the fourth day in a row, breaking the previous July record of three days.

The heat has been building over the past week in persistent easterly winds and sunny skies.


Cold inches north in Oz

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Queensland is normally known as "the Sunshine State" yet yesterday saw a very different state of affairs, with thick cloud blanketing almost the whole state.


Melbournites complain of cold

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Melbourne has been stuck in a fridge for five days, with the maximum temperature set at under 13 degrees, leading to the longest cold snap in 14 years.

Since last Saturday it has stayed colder than 13 degrees, making it the longest such cold spell since July 1995, when there were seven consecutive days.


Perth feels the cold

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The Perth metropolitan area has recorded its coldest night of the year.Some residents have woken to ice on their windscreens this morning.


Fierce storm kills 1 in Australia

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A woman has died after she was hit by a falling tree at Woori Yallock, east of Melbourne, as heavy storms swept across the state.

An Ambulance Victoria spokesman says the woman was hit by a tree around 11:00am (AEST) and died at the scene.

The wild weather has brought down trees and cut power to some areas.


Alice feels the chill

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A high pressure system over southern Australia is directing cool and dry southwesterly winds over the Red Centre and Top End reducing humidity and dropping temperatures.


Near record warmth for Melbourne

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After what was for the most part a very warm month, April in Melbourne was the second warmest on record.

Maximum temperatures were, on average, three degrees above what is typical for April, sitting at around 23 degrees. These were, in fact, the second highest April maximum temperatures across the last two decades.


Parts of Oz very warm

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This unseasonable heat in South Australia, Victoria, ACT and New South Wales may remind residents of 2005 when 30-degree warmth lasted until early May.

For Melburnians it's 48 years since it's been as warm this late in the season, exceeding 30 degrees in the city. For Adelaideans it's been five years, also exceeding 30.