Australia


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.


Sydney all misty

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There is nothing like morning fog to re-inforce that summer is long-gone, and Sydney certainly had this drilled in this morning.

Many days of humid winds across New South Wales was just one of the ingredients that helped cause areas of fog state-wide, and in Sydney in particular. Shorter days, weakening winds and clear night skies also lended a hand.


Fog a prob in Oz

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Summer is well and truly over and so the fog has decided to make its return over parts of Australia.The cooler nights and calm conditions are allowing areas of thick fog in the east.

In NSW, parts of the Illawarra including Moss Vale, Campbelltown and Bowral had low visibility this morning. Bowral and Moss Vale had visibility reduced to 50 metres or less.


North Queensland continues wet trend

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A rash of showers, cloud and onshore winds have brought Cairns and much of Queensland's North Coast a damp and dreary Easter.


Darwin feels the heat

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Darwin residents who are old enough, have just endured their hottest March in 68 years.

The average maximum temperature for the month was 33.3 degrees, about one and a half degrees above the long term average.

Not a bad effort considering only one day exceeded 35 degrees, on the 12th.


Exclusive damage photos and eyewitness account of Cyclone Ului

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By WeatherWatch.co.nz readers Liz & Alf from the Queensland Armchair Guide

Living high above the entrance to one of Australia's busiest harbours is a rewarding experience. Wonderful scenery and a tranquility that brightens up even the occasional overcast sky.


Perth cops a pasting

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Perth was plunged into chaos last night as wild thunderstorms ripped through the city with a ferocity not seen in decades.

Motorists have been warned to take care with more than 80 traffic lights still out of action after last night's wild storms and more bad weather on the way.


Ului weakens as north Qld mops up

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Cyclone Ului has been downgraded to a tropical low as the system moves inland in north Queensland.

It crossed the coast as a category three cyclone early this morning near Airlie Beach, north of Mackay, before steadily losing strength.

The State Emergency Service (SES) has responded to about 600 calls for help across the cyclone region.