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Thursday December 14, 2017

Sydney weather: Temperatures hit 40C in western Sydney ahead of late cool change

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Demand for ambulances has risen by 40 per cent across the Sydney metro area today, with temperatures in the western suburbs hitting 40 degrees Celsius.
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How hot does it get in Australia?

14:43 EDT
With summer underway in Australia and heatwave conditions affecting a number of states this week, a lot of temperature observations are being compared to historical records.
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Burst of summer heat prompts fire ban in Sydney

10:00 EDT
Authorities have issued a total fire ban for Sydney today as the city's residents brace for the warmest day so far this season.
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Wednesday December 13, 2017

What is a heatwave?

15:40 EDT
A large portion of Australia is being affected by heatwave conditions this week.
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Beerwah macadamia and pineapple farmers in shock over storm damage

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Beerwah pineapple and macadamias farmers fear it could take years to recover from a wild storm that slammed into their properties, battering crops and buildings with cyclonic winds and damaging hail.
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NSW heatwave

13:16 EDT
A week-long heatwave is gripping NSW and some parts of the state could see December records challenged.
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Wujal Wujal's new wifi brings vital communication link during wild weather

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In cyclone-prone far north Queensland, a new community-wide wifi network has been installed in the state's smallest shire in a bid to solve problems during severe storms that often leave the town of Wujal Wujal completely isolated.
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New fire danger rating system set to be trialled this summer to cope with new extremes

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The trusty roadside fire danger signs marking the entrance to every country town are up for a revamp.
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Tuesday December 12, 2017

Oppressive heat targets northern WA

16:29 EDT
Some northern parts of Western Australia will experience an extreme heatwave this week as temperatures climb into the mid forties for a number of days.
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Sweaty week ahead in Sydney

13:34 EDT
The Sydney Basin's first 40C of the season will occur this week and the city could experience its warmest spell of December days in 17 years.
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Monday December 11, 2017

Warming up in Canberra

16:35 EDT
Summer has taken a while to get going in Canberra this year but the nation's capital will get its fair share of heat during the next week.
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Heatwave breaking cool start to summer in southern Australia

12:40 EDT
Summer started out on a cool note for much of southern Australia, although a countrywide heat wave will send temperatures soaring this week.
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Sunday December 10, 2017

Mid-week heat for the southeast

13:45 EDT
A very hot airmass will gradually approach from the northwest over the coming days, blanketing the southeast in very hot temperatures.
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Storm respite for southeast QLD

11:33 EDT
After a very wet start to summer, Queensland's southeast can finally begin to dry out a little.
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Saturday December 9, 2017

Searing heat and severe storms strike New Zealand

13:48 EDT
Temperatures in the mid thirties and severe storms with possible small tornadoes are gripping the South Island of NZ this weekend.
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Puerto Ricans still seeking refuge in Florida months after Hurricane Maria decimated their homes

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Three months ago, 19-year-old Alondra Aguilar was living in a comfortable house with her parents on the island where she grew up.
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Cool start to Summer for Adelaide

07:43 EDT
The switch in season has seen a remarkable plunge in temperatures for South Australia's capital.
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Friday December 8, 2017

Immediate threat of severe thunderstorms passes south-east Queensland

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The threat of severe thunderstorms over south-east Queensland has passed for now, however they could redeveloped later in the day, the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) says.
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Want a better forecast? Leading climatologist encourages farmers to largely 'do it yourself'

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Farmers often vent their frustrations when predicted rain does not eventuate or when forecasts are too general, but could they get a more accurate forecast by doing it themselves? One of Australia's leading climatologists Professor Roger Stone joked that he could make an amateur climatologist of any willing farmer in just a matter of hours.
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Eastern storms strike capital cities

14:58 EDT
Skies have darkened over Brisbane and Sydney this afternoon as thunderstorms rolled through both capital cities.
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Queensland 2011 flood victims didn't try hard enough to save properties, Seqwater argues

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Victims of the 2011 floods in south-east Queensland did not try hard enough to take their belongings to higher ground, dam operator Seqwater will argue in a large class action in the Supreme Court of New South Wales.
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Thursday December 7, 2017

Warming up in Perth

16:18 EDT
A burst of summer heat starting tomorrow in Perth may cause the city to have its warmest run of days this early in six years.
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Strong winds to exacerbate California wildfires

12:31 EDT
Deadly wildfires are burning across southern California and a burst of strong wind is about to make the situation worse.
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Wednesday December 6, 2017

La Nina declared heralding a humid, wet summer for Australia's east

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The Bureau of Meteorology has officially declared a La Nina in the tropical Pacific.
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Winter-like weather sweeps across western Queensland

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While sweat and Queensland summer go hand-in-hard, people in the state's west are reaching for cardigans as overnight December temperatures break record lows.
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Good news is Yarra baby platypuses safe after storms, bad news is river flushed with sewage

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The weekend's storms may have underwhelmed some Melburnians, but when it comes to their effect on the Yarra River there is good news and bad news.
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Summer yet to show in Adelaide

12:13 EDT
Adelaide has just experienced its coolest start to summer in nearly half a century.
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Cool and wet start to summer in NSW

10:57 EDT
Many locations in southern and central NSW have already doubled their monthly average rainfall for December.
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Tuesday December 5, 2017

Seqwater 'ignored' consistent forecasts of flooding rain in 2011, court hears

19:42 EDT
In the weeks before the 2011 Brisbane and Ipswich flood, Brisbane dam engineers were preoccupied about "adverse media effects" and "major embarrassment" if water was unnecessarily released from Wivenhoe Dam, a court has heard.
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Sydney Harbour spills over into CBD due to supermoon

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A king tide prompted by a supermoon earlier this week has inundated areas around Sydney Harbour, with further record tides and flooding to come.
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Supermoon trilogy

17:01 EDT
You may have noticed that the moon is a bit bigger and brighter than it usually is at the moment.
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Year's lowest tides reveal shipwrecks, marine life and debris on Darwin's shores

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Darwin was geographically bigger at 1:13pm local time today when the tides reached their lowest point of the year.
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Tasmania's sodden start to summer

10:21 EDT
Hobart is having its wettest start to December in 76 years after days of heavy rain in Tasmania.
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Monday December 4, 2017

Man rescued from flooded car as heavy rainfall triggers flash flooding across south-east Queensland

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A man has been rescued after driving his car into floodwaters north of Brisbane, as parts of southern Queensland faced flash flooding brought on by a day of heavy rainfall.
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Kingston Beach surfers ride pontoon after wild weather breaks moorings

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Surfers in Tasmania have used a pontoon to catch a wave in a swell brought by the weekend's wild weather.
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Queensland floods: Dam engineers 'bet against' BOM rain forecasts, class action hearing told

16:49 EDT
Dam engineers "bet against" the Bureau of Meteorology's (BOM) rain forecasts and were fixated on avoiding minor damage in Queensland's 2011 floods - but a class action court case has heard their inaction caused catastrophic inundations and destruction.
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Rain hits wheat harvest in southern NSW with shortage of bread flour predicted

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The weekend's torrential rain has pelted the grain belt in southern New South Wales with farmers predicting a shortage of high quality milling wheat for bread.
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Wintry water hits Sydney beaches

15:40 EDT
Swimmers visiting Sydney's beaches on the weekend were shocked by unexpectedly cold water.
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Perth weather: Start of summer greeted with wild temperature swings and rain

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Perth has experienced wild weather swings to kick-start summer as a baking weekend was hosed down with rain and an almost 10-degree temperature drop.
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Victoria weather: '10 out of 10' storm label 'overused', Lapsley admits, as residents mop up record-breaking rain

13:51 EDT
The weather bureau has been "spoken to" about the sort of language that was used during weather warnings ahead of record-breaking rain which flooded parts of Victoria's north-east, the state's Emergency Commissioner has said.
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Flood of tears for unlucky couple as torrential rain forces wedding cancellation

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A young couple have been left in tears after being forced to cancel their wedding due to flooding at the venue in Euroa, in north-eastern Victoria.
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East coast soaking

11:27 EDT
Rain will plague parts of eastern Australia during the next two days, with some areas likely to experience flooding.
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Summer in Tasmania brings torrential rain to dry east coast, snowfalls in Central Highlands

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After Tasmanians were , the southern state has seen in summer with heavy rain and snowfalls.
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Victoria weather: Flood clean-up underway as farmers assess damage, with more rain forecast

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While people in north-eastern Victoria are cleaning up from the weekend's record rainfalls, forecasters are warning there may be more rain on the way for the Gippsland region from an east-coast low.
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Salvage effort to refloat trawler Dianne slowed by more bad weather

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Bad weather has delayed work on refloating a fishing trawler that capsized and sank off central Queensland in October, killing six people.
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Sunday December 3, 2017

Native quandong bush fruits crafted into beer and gin in regional Western Australia

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A bumper quandong harvest in the south of Western Australia helped by record breaking summer rainfall earlier this year has sparked something rather unique — boutique quandong booze.
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Darwin storms: Bureau of Meteorology rain gauge breaks during downpour

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Darwin's rain gauge broke during record rainfall on Saturday night as multiple storm fronts collided over the Top End.
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Victoria storms: Euroa, Myrtleford and Wangaratta prepare for major flooding as Melbourne is spared

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Homes are under threat of inundation and isolation in north-east Victoria as some parts of the state had almost a summer's worth of rain in a day.
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Victoria weather: Flood warnings remain in place in state's north-east as rainfall eases

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Flood warnings remain in place across north-east Victoria, but rainfall rates have eased and many alerts have been downgraded.
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Wind and rain lash Tasmania

12:33 EDT
An intense low pressure system to the east of Tasmania has brought damaging winds and heavy rain to the Apple Isle.
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Sydney weather: Temperatures hit 40C in western Sydney ahead of late cool change

18:43 EDT

Demand for ambulances has risen by 40 per cent across the Sydney metro area today, with temperatures in the western suburbs hitting 40 degrees Celsius.

How hot does it get in Australia?

14:43 EDT

With summer underway in Australia and heatwave conditions affecting a number of states this week, a lot of temperature observations are being compared to historical records.

Burst of summer heat prompts fire ban in Sydney

10:00 EDT

Authorities have issued a total fire ban for Sydney today as the city's residents brace for the warmest day so far this season.