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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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Man hurt after awning collapses 'like a bag of spuds' during Mount Hawthorn downpour

20:18 EST

A man has been injured after being hit by an awning that collapsed during heavy rain in the northern Perth suburb of Mt Hawthorn.

Cyclone Debbie farmers on long road to recovery in north Queensland

16:06 EST

Some north Queensland farmers are slowly getting back to some kind of normalcy as they continue to recover from Cyclone Debbie.

July rain stacking up in Perth

14:47 EST

Perth was soaked by heavy showers this morning, continuing a trend of frequent wet weather in the city this month.