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Cloud spread over WA with a trough is generating showers and storms. Cloud over southern parts of SA and VIC from this trough is causing a patchy light rain. Thick cloud
building over TAS with a cold front is causing showers in the west, tending to snow on the mountains later.

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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.