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Another Soaking for Brisbane

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After receiving October's monthly rainfall total in the past seven days Brisbane is set to see a further 10-20mm today.

Only two thirds of the ways through the month Brisbane has already seen nearly double October's average (about 70mm), with the possibility of this being exceeded if the upper end of forecasted falls hit the gauges. 


Two dead in Storm Ophelia as Irish PM urges people to stay indoors

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Three people have died in Ireland in accidents relating to Storm Ophelia as 100mph winds started to batter Ireland and Britain.


Southwest WA still chilling

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Southwest Western Australia is still experiencing some winter-like nights, and it's October.

This has been fairly significant that over the last three weeks, where Perth has only seen two warmer-than-average nights. In contrast, there has been four nights at least four degrees below average.


Parts of Queensland brace for heaviest rain since Cyclone Debbie

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A week of rain and thunderstorms are about to soak central and eastern Queensland, delivering the heaviest rain since Cyclone Debbie in some areas.

A high pressure system moving slowly over the Tasman Sea will direct moisture-laden easterly winds into a stagnant pool of upper-level cold air above Queensland during the next week.


California fires: At least 21 dead as hundreds reported missing

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(CNN)Firefighters battling deadly blazes in Northern California face a daunting new challenge Wednesday: Winds are expected to pick back up, threatening to spread wildfires that already have killed 21 people, destroyed hundreds of buildings and forced thousands of evacuations.


USA - New Orleans, Gulf Coast brace for Tropical Storm Nate

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(CNN) - States from Louisiana to Florida braced Friday for Tropical Storm Nate, forecast to pound the Gulf Coast this weekend as a hurricane.


Elon Musk is aiming to land spaceships on Mars in 2022

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The hard-charging tech mogul said his rocket company, SpaceX, aims to land at least two cargo ships on the Red Planet in 2022 in order to place power, mining and life support systems there for future flights.


Hurricane Maria knocks out power to all of Puerto Rico, population 3.4 million

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By Philip Duncan --- The population of Puerto Rico is just over a million fewer than New Zealand, at 3.4 million, and everyone there has lost power following Hurricane Maria overnight/this morning.


Aussie's weekend heatwave to affect parts of NZ Sunday and Monday

It is going to be exceptionally hot this weekend in New South Wales, with much of New Zealand benefiting from it on Sunday and/or Monday.

Australia's weekend heat wave is being forecast to break September records, with temperatures soaring as high as 40 degrees Celsius inland and even Sydney may hit 36C.


Weather Video: A heatwave in Aussie will also affect parts of NZ this Sun & Mon

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Another low is crossing the country over Thursday and Friday, mainly impacting the North Island. While it’s fairly sizeable it’s also fairly weak - with most rain or showers fairly patchy.

There may be a few heavier downpours with isolated thunder here and there but generally speaking this low is tracking eastwards and will fade away on Friday.