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Victorian desalination plant could be used for first time to cope with hot summer

19:22 EDT

Victoria's multi-billion-dollar desalination plant could be used for the first time, as the Andrews Government confronts a looming water crisis in drought-hit country towns.

Windy conditions to follow the warmth in QLD

17:58 EDT

Early spring warmth will come to an end as the Queensland coast is in for a breezy few days.

Tasmanian farmers say the lack of good rainfall is serious

15:50 EDT

The dry season through Tasmania's midlands, east coast and south-east is becoming a serious situation according to Coal Valley farmer, Justin Nichols.