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Cairns Weather Watch Radar
16.8170°S  145.6830°E  652m AMSL

LocationSaddle Mountain Radar TypeWF 100 C Band Typical Availability24 hours

Cairns radar is situated approximately 9km NNW of Cairns airport at Saddle Mountain on the Kuranda range at a height of 652m above MSL. The radar has good visibility in all directions, though does have some limitations to the SSE looking over Mt Bellenden Ker (1593m) and Mt Bartle Frere (1622m) at approximately 40 and 60km respectively.

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Cyclone Marcus 'a real wake-up call' for complacent Territorians, NT Police say

06:13 EDT

The damage wrought by Tropical Cyclone Marcus is a "real wake-up call" for Darwin residents lulled into a false sense of security when it comes to cyclone safety, emergency services say.

Cyclone Marcus: What you need to know at a glance

00:15 EDT

Tropical Cyclone Marcus passed over Darwin as a category two system just before midday on Saturday.

Fire risks as Victorians warned of severe weather conditions

15:47 EDT

It's hot and windy across Victoria and if a fire starts up, it will be very hard to stop, warns Victoria's Emergency Management Commissioner.