Areas of cloud over much of WA near a broad low pressure trough is generating widespread showers and thunderstorms, some heavy and severe. Skies are clearer along the west coast where this is a weak ridge of high pressure.
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:
20:55 EDT A blistering heatwave is scorching western Queensland with temperatures above 40 degrees Celsius and will spread to the south-east later this week.