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Cloud spread over WA with a trough is generating showers and storms. Cloud over the Bight and southern parts of SA and VIC streaming from this trough is causing areas of light rain. Bright cloud over the QLD Peninsula with a region of low pressure is triggering thundery showers.

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

08:14 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.

Farmers resort to carting water following an extremely dry winter in Western Australia's Great Southern

19:03 EDT

Water shortages in Western Australia's Great Southern are proving to be a major problem for many farmers in the region after an unusually dry winter.