Thick cloud with a deep trough is generating rain over southern WA and the odd thunderstorm over the Pilbara. Cloud over eastern NSW and southern QLD with a separate trough is triggering showers and thunderstorms. Skies are clearer over the nation's southeast under a ridge.
In December 2014 we upgraded our lightning network to the latest in sensor technology as used by the world's leading meteorological agencies. This has resulted in changes and improvements to the lightning data you will now see. The main changes are:
14:21 EDT Umbrellas and gumboots will be an essential accessory this week, particularly around southern Queensland coasts.