The Bureau of Meteorology has launched a new online service in Queensland, called MetEye, it provides access to the latest information on rainfall, temperatures, and seven day forecasts.
It's a graphical forecasting viewer that brings together seven day forecasts, satellite and radar imagery and near real time information on temperature, rainfall, cloud cover, humidity and wind speed.
Acting Manager of Weather Services with the BOM Rick Threlfull, says MetEye is a huge advance on previous services provided by the BOM and is part of the Next Generation Forecast and Warning System, which was introduced in Queensland last October.
"There are two main benefits, first, all the information is in one place, you don't have to click from the satellite, to the radar and all your observations," he said.
"The second benefit is, it covers so many more places, which didn't get forecasts before, so everyone is getting the same level of service.
"It is very detailed, you can click on each six kilometre grid square and get a seven day forecast, plus heaps of other information."
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17:37 EDT Much of western New South Wales has begun a heat wave, reaching at least five degrees above average for at least five days, averaging a maximum of 35 degrees or more.