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Patchy low cloud over southern parts of VIC with gusty westerlies is bringing virtually no rain. Skies are clearer over the north and central parts under a ridge of high pressure.

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Queensland weather: SES advises residents in south-east to prepare for days of thunderstorms

10:56 EDT

South-east Queensland residents are being urged to prepare their families and homes for four days of possible thunderstorms beginning this Friday.

Coping with drought forces some farmers to bail out while others plough money into irrigation technology

09:51 EDT

Forced out by drought El Nino as a hot dry phenomenon seems meaningless to Queensland farmers who have survived more than three years of drought.

Victorian bushfire season: Total fire ban in place with extreme conditions expected across state

07:59 EDT

A total fire ban is in place for most of Victoria, with forecast hot and windy conditions described as the perfect "formula" for triggering bushfires.