Powerful low pressure system buffets southeastern Australia

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Damaging winds lashed parts of southeastern Australia on Friday, fanning bushfires and felling trees.

A deepening low pressure system located to the east of Bass Strait caused strong and blustery winds over a large area of southeastern Australia.

Sydney and NSW hit by dust storm - will it reach NZ? (Photos + Dust Maps)

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Parts of New South Wales are being hit by a dramatic dust storm today with parts of Sydney now affected by dust. The storm stretches 500kms and light dust is now falling in Sydney with forecasters saying the skies could turn red this afternoon.

Australia: Hot Friday in Perth

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Parts of WA registerd their highest temperatures in close to two years on Friday, while Perth sweated through its warmest day in eight months.

A low pressure system centred to the north of Perth directed warm inland air towards the city on Friday. This was part of a large mass of hot air that also affected other areas of the state's west and north.

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.