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Thursday January 30, 2020

Driving in heatwaves: Why the temperature on your car dashboard is different to BOM

07:20 EDT
Most Australians know the feeling of opening the car door after it has been parked in the sun on a hot day, and the rush of heat that smacks you in the face.
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High temperatures and increased fire danger forecast for all of Victoria until Sunday

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A heatwave moving towards Victoria from Western Australia will see temperatures rise across the state ahead of increasing fire danger on Friday.
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Wednesday January 29, 2020

Flooding rain continues in Queensland

14:22 EDT
Rain and thunderstorms have continued to soak northern Queensland during the last 24 hours, with central Australia next in line.
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Farmers waiting up to a year for drought loans to be assessed

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Farmers across Australia battling drought are having to wait up to a year to see if they've been approved for a loan from the Federal Government.
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Rain record broken near Townsville as a monsoonal low tracks across Queensland's north-west

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Torrential rain in north Queensland has smashed a record as a tropical low in the Gulf Country brings heavy rain to northern and western parts of Queensland as it slowly moves towards the Northern Territory.
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How to survive a heatwave. Tips on how to stay cool and why sleeping naked won't help during those sweaty nights

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A heatwave that brewed up over inland Western Australia is making its way south and east, meaning much of Australia is about to experience sweltering temperatures.
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Hot days ahead as fires burn in the ACT

09:52 EDT
Firefighters in the ACT will face rising temperatures and increasingly dangerous fire weather during the next several days, with rain unlikely to arrive until Sunday.
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Tuesday January 28, 2020

Latest monsoon onset for Darwin on record is now a certainty despite recent rain

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The deadline for the latest monsoon onset on record has come and gone and there is still no official monsoon for Darwin.
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Moira Shire finally gets drought-relief grant from the Federal Government

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It has taken months but the small regional shire that "wasn't agricultural enough" for a Federal Government grant has finally been approved for funding.
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Man rescued from floodwaters as north Queensland deluge causes flash flooding with more rain forecast

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Emergency services have rescued a man stranded in floodwaters in the Burdekin in north Queensland, as torrential rain of more than half a metre falls in parts of the region, causing localised flooding and a rock slide in Townsville.
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Heatwave sweeping across southern Australia

15:04 EDT
A heatwave will sweep across southern Australia this week, elevating temperatures and fire danger ratings across multiple states and territories.
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Drought-affected Queensland horse stud owner loses $9,000 in alleged hay fraud scheme

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A drought-affected Queensland horse stud owner is warning other landholders to be vigilant after losing $9,000 to an alleged hay fraud scheme.
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Flooding rain in tropical Queensland

12:00 EDT
Heavy rain is causing flooding in parts of tropical Queensland this week, with some places receiving their heaviest rain in decades during the last 24 hours.
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Bushfire contractors owed hundreds of thousands of dollars by NSW Rural Fire Service

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Businesses who were employed to help battle fires in northern New South Wales five months ago are yet to be paid by the state's Rural Fire Service.
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Monday January 27, 2020

Heatwave forecast to span Australia according to Bureau of Meteorology

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Brace yourselves Australia: there is yet another heatwave on the way.
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Drought-stricken WA pastoralists given much needed reprieve with donated hay

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Ex-Tropical Cyclone Blake may have brought some much needed relief to northern parts of Western Australia, but for pastoralists of the southern rangelands it was barely enough to settle the dust.
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Queensland rain cuts roads and prompts warnings of flash flooding

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Days of monsoonal rain have cut off Queensland towns, turned one property into an inland oasis, and brought a welcome boost to rivers and dams in central and western Queensland.
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Healthy rainfall for many parts of Queensland

14:55 EDT
A monsoon-like synoptic pattern and humid winds from the Coral Sea are combining to generate welcome rain over a vast area of Queensland.
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Inside the room as the Murray-Darling's top cop Mick Keelty meets irrigators

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It had rained for much of the night over Deniliquin.
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Darwin River Dam at lowest level since 2006, but NT Government quiet on action

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Climate change will put increased, long-term pressure on water levels at the Darwin River Dam, the Top End region's main supply of drinking water, a Power and Water expert says.
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Extreme hot weather to affect Australian Open Tennis finals

10:47 EDT
With Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic getting through to the quarterfinals yesterday, and a big clash between Australian Nick Kyrgios and Men’s Singles World Number One Rafael Nadal tonight, many big names in the tennis world, as well as fans in Melbourne, can expect extreme weather to affect the later rounds of the tournament this week.
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Farming to flat whites for young people learning new skills in ongoing drought

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In the summer holidays, Beth Ostini would normally be working on the family farm.
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How long until drought-stricken towns run out of water?

07:47 EDT
Gardens are dead, people skip showers and water quality has worsened — the big dry dominates conversation in coffee shops, pubs and homes.
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Rain forces Mount Isa to cancel Australia Day pool party, but the dry river is now flowing

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Last week the north-west Queensland town of Mount Isa was worried about water security, with dam levels dropping below 50 per cent.
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Sunday January 26, 2020

Menindee made world headlines for mass fish kills but Back Roads presenter Lisa Millar found some good news

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The headlines over summer have been filled with the devastating news about the bushfires.
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Rainfall totals creep up as monsoon conditions burst across the north

15:38 EDT
From flooding rain across rivers in the Northern Territory and Queensland, to hail and dust storms across NSW and widespread rainfall across Victoria, this week has been busy across the east and north.
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String of heat caps off January for Canberra

12:30 EDT
While northern and eastern NSW are in for storms and rain, Australia's capital is experiencing a sweltering Australia day, with the hot temperatures set to stretch to the end of the month.
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Canberra hail storm leaves NRMA customers wondering when their cars will be towed and repaired

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It has been almost a week since golf ball-sized hail pummelled Canberra, but thousands of damaged cars are still waiting to be towed away and repaired.
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Saturday January 25, 2020

A Stormy Australia Day Ahead for the East and North

15:24 EDT
Australia Day will be a stormy one for much of northern and eastern Australia as a deep trough brings sparky skies.
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Queensland's overnight rainfall celebrated in some communities with more rain forecast for the state's north-west

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Queensland's outback communities are celebrating much-needed rainfall, with some towns recording their biggest downpours in almost 12 months.
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Flash flooding likely as monsoonal low brings days of rain to north-west Queensland

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Queensland's north-west is expected to get days of storms which are likely to cause flash flooding, bringing new hope to some graziers who've been waiting years for regular falls.
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Western Australia looking to swelter

10:35 EDT
A run of hot days well above the January average are anticipated throughout Western Australia beginning from today.  The Australia Day long weekend may be an uncomfortable one for those in Australia's west, with daytime temperatures expected to peak in the high 30's to mid 40's across much of the state.
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Pineapple glut due to drought conditions prompts growers to encourage more Australians to eat the fruit

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Australians are being encouraged to eat more pineapple for the remainder of the summer to help growers deal with a glut in the market.
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Bushfires, drought affecting more than half of South Australia's farmers

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More than half of South Australia's primary producers have been affected by drought or bushfires.
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Millions of dead fish, dry rivers and lakes — so why have Menindee locals decided to stay?

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If two million dead fish washed up in the river in your very small town, would you stay? A year ago, Menindee, in far-west New South Wales, made international news when a series of fish kills saw the already sickly Darling River .
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Friday January 24, 2020

Water flows in Gloucester again, bringing relief to drought-hit farmers

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#beforeandafterSTART #endbeforeandafter In the past seven days, the town of Gloucester in New South Wales has received exactly what it needed — a drenching of rain.
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Wild weather hits Sydney with more smoky days to come

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Sydney has experienced another morning of wild weather with a flash thunderstorm bringing heavy rain, hail and 30,000 lightning strikes over the city in the space of just a few hours.
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Sydney Airport's world-beating heat

11:41 EDT
Sydney Airport was the equal hottest place in the world on Thursday.
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Tropical soaking to cause flooding in QLD and NT

10:37 EDT
Widespread rain and thunderstorms will affect parts of northern Queensland and the NT during the next week, with more than 300mm of rain and flooding possible in some areas.  Moisture-laden winds feeding into a slow-moving low pressure system and trough will cause rain and storms across a broad area of northern Australia each day for at least the next week.
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Homes lost as bushfires hit NSW South Coast communities

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Homes have been lost to out-of-control bushfires in NSW with temperatures hitting 40 degrees Celsius in parts of the state.
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Thursday January 23, 2020

Australia Day weather forecast will see Perth enjoy a hot and sunny long weekend

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After a mild few days in Perth the heat will ramp up again over the long weekend, with the city set to be one of the hottest capitals on Australia Day.
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Villawood man charged over alleged hay bale scam to defraud fire and drought victims

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A man accused of defrauding drought-stricken farmers to the tune of tens of thousand dollars has been charged in Sydney.
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Sydney's hottest day in two years

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Sydney just reached 40 degrees for the first time in two years and the heat will last well into the night.
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Brown rain falls in Victoria as dust storm and rain clouds collide

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A dust storm picked up by a front moving through Victoria has led to a downpour of "dirty rain" across Melbourne, forcing public swimming pools to close and leaving cars looking like they have been "sprayed with mud".
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What I learnt about the Australian bushfires living on the edge of the Sahara Desert

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From 1981 to 1999 my family and I lived in Niger Republic, a borderland of the Sahara Desert.
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Burrumbuttock Hay Runners' Australia Day convoy boosted by Victorian farmers' generosity

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As drought and fire takes a toll on the supply of hay and fodder along Australia's eastern seaboard, farmers in Victoria's west are banding together to donate a staggering amount of hay to struggling farmers.
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Dust storm engulfs parts of SA, Victoria and NSW as weather bureau warns of damaging winds

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An intense dust storm has swept through a huge area of South Australia, New South Wales and Victoria, reducing visibility and prompting a warning to drivers on outback roads.
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Climate drivers align to give average chance of rain – which at least is better than what it's been

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Just days after some of the worst bushfires ever seen in Australia, the Bureau of Meteorology tweeted on January 8 that a climate driver called the Indian Ocean Dipole had returned to neutral.
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Wet-season storms drop 'best rain in years' across Territory cattle country

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Wet-season storms have delivered much-needed rain across Northern Territory cattle country, with drought-affected Barkly producers among those to benefit from the downpour.
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Wednesday January 22, 2020

Dust storm sweeping over SA, NSW and VIC

15:08 EDT
A large dust storm is sweeping over parts of South Australia, Victoria and NSW this afternoon.
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Driving in heatwaves: Why the temperature on your car dashboard is different to BOM

07:20 EDT

Most Australians know the feeling of opening the car door after it has been parked in the sun on a hot day, and the rush of heat that smacks you in the face.

High temperatures and increased fire danger forecast for all of Victoria until Sunday

05:21 EDT

A heatwave moving towards Victoria from Western Australia will see temperatures rise across the state ahead of increasing fire danger on Friday.

Flooding rain continues in Queensland

14:22 EDT

Rain and thunderstorms have continued to soak northern Queensland during the last 24 hours, with central Australia next in line.