Australia suffers as heatwave reaches its peak, melts roads, breaks records

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An extreme heatwave already breaking records across Australia is expected to peak in many parts of the country Friday, with temperatures forecast to stay above 40 degrees Celsius (104 F) for the sixth day in a row.

Scorching week for Australia's interior, close to 50 degrees C

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Much of Australia's interior is to heat to the forties each day for a week, some parts hitting 45 degrees each day.

The heat has been quite intense over Western Australia's Pilbara where Mardie peaked at 48.0 degrees on Thursday.

Green thunderstorms: there have been many theories behind the mysterious glow

In a festive twist to Sydney's catastrophically expensive hailstorm Thursday night, the skies turned green. 

Pictures posted online of clouds with a spooky green glow have been generating debate. 

Holiday heat to sweep across southern Australia

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It's going to be a sweaty summer break for a large swathe of southern and southeastern Australia as a pool of hot air circulates around the country.

On Thursday, temperatures soared into the mid-to-high forties across parts of Australia's eastern inland, setting a new December record at Thargomindah (47.2C).

Special Weather Video: Christmas Day, next week + the map for New Year’s Eve

In our final video of 2018 we track the series of rain makers drifting past New Zealand from the north and how this will impact some people over the weekend and on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

Video: Severe Cyclone Owen aims for Queensland, while NZ has more thunderstorms

Cyclone Owen has reached ‘severe’ category 3 status and may reach 4 before making landfall in northern Australia and then tracking, unusually, down through Queensland coming in from the north west.

Unusual Cyclone Owen now 'severe', flooding for Australia likely but storm unlikely to directly affect NZ (+6 Maps)

Cyclone Owen is now a Severe Category 3 Tropical Cyclone and Australian forecasters say it may peak at Category 4 today before making landfall in northern Australia and then sliding down the Queensland coast as a significant rain event.

Cyclone Owen reforms, heavy rain coming for much of eastern Australia, likely weakens before NZ

Cyclone Owen has reformed and this time around may grow into a severe Category 3 storm before drifting back where it came and then down the eastern coastline of Australia and into the Tasman Sea area.

Australia: Heat peaking in northwestern Australia, around 46 degrees C

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Heat reached its peak in Western Australia's Kimberley and Pilbara on Friday, exceeding 46 degrees in parts, the hottest it has been in decades for some.

Australia: When will it cool down in SA and Victoria?

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Temperatures were soaring in parts of southern Australia yesterday, with many places in SA and Victoria experiencing their hottest day in 10-11 months. So, when will it cool down?

Friday's heat is being carried south from the nation's interior by a stream of northwesterly winds, which have developed ahead of an approaching low pressure trough.