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Aussie hit by extreme weather; storm moving towards NZ

One large low is creating two completely different weather extremes over Australia and the storm now has it’s sights set on New Zealand.

Wild weather yesterday uprooted hundreds of trees and damaged property and crops across South Australia.  Hail was so heavy it dented car bonnets and roofs and damaged sunroofs says

Damage across Adelaide was widespread due to the large hail, up to 3cms across, and hundreds of fallen trees.

Further north in Queensland wind produced by the same fierce storm is blowing desert heat into the bush covered hills pushing temperatures to 40 degrees today, well above average for September.    Fire danger levels are already extreme with experts bracing themselves for early bush fires.

The massive low responsible for this severe weather is today expected to deepen further as it moves out in to the Tasman Sea.   

According to’s storm centre the low is likely to have it’s biggest impact on New Zealand during Thursday with rain warnings likely across a number of western regions – possibly as far north as Central Plateau. says another massive low will follow this one next week meaning the rest of September will be unsettled with significant weather events.

The spring equinox is tomorrow (when the sun spends the majority of its time shining over the southern hemisphere for the next 6 months) and this usually the ‘green light’ to spring’s stormiest weather.


Ann on 22/09/2009 3:26am

Would you care to take a punt on what the weather will be like at Mt Ruapehu this weekend. Made the wrong decision last weekend and didn’t go so thought would be a good idea to seek expert advice. Thanks.

Rachel jennings on 22/09/2009 1:48am

Hi there.

Heard some peels of thunder before and had heavy rain. Clouding over again.

sw on 22/09/2009 12:53am

October is always the stormiest month it surpasses July often.

Pete on 22/09/2009 12:26am

First thunderstorm…. well looks very suspect anyway, just heading north just west of christchurch now. Lets hope the next one behind creeps towards us not past us.

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