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Zephyr

A light, warm breeze. Derived from Zephryros, the personification by the ancient Greeks of the warm west wind that was thought to prevail around the time of the summer solstice.

Zonal flow

Large-scale atmospheric flow in which the east-west component (i.e., latitudinal) is dominant. The accompanying meridional (north-south) component often is weaker than normal. Compare with meridional flow. Weather systems tend to move past quickly in a zonal flow regime.

Zulu

Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). Centred on zero degrees longitude. For scientific purposes this time zone is also known as Universal Time (UTC). All meteorological observations worldwide are reported using this time (for ease of comparison and computation). This timezone is commonly suffixed with 'Z'.

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Brisbane cools off quickly

10:40 EST

After a few balmy days, the cold is set to hit southeast QLD.

Drought assistance to be dramatically ramped up by Turnbull Government

09:42 EST

In an admission of the size and scope of the current drought crisis gripping parts of the nation, the Federal Government will today announce a significant increase in the funding available for struggling communities.

Wave starved east coast will finally see some larger swell

14:25 EST

The wave climate along the east coast of Australia has been on the tiny to small side of the scale in the last few weeks.