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Wednesday November 20, 2019

Melbourne set to sizzle

05:50 EDT
Melbournians will need to dust off the fans in preparation for the upcoming heat.
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Tuesday November 19, 2019

Intense hot, dry, dusty winds to cut across SA

18:59 EDT
Wednesday has potential to be one of the worst fire weather days South Australia has experienced in a few years with Fire Danger expected to reach Catastrophic in several districts.
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Queensland bushfire emergency continues amid fears homes lost

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Erratic winds and hot, dry weather are creating "horrendous conditions" for firefighters trying to battle a blaze at Crows Nest on Queensland's Darling Downs that tripled in size over the weekend.
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Catastrophic fire danger for South Australia on Wednesday as another cold front moves through

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South Australia braces for textbook catastrophic fire conditions tomorrow, New South Wales expects a spike in heat today, and south-east Queensland recovers from a hail hammering as we look at this week's weather focus.
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Dense film of smoke affecting Sydney

09:53 EDT
Smoke from the ongoing Wollemi National Park bushfires drifted across the Sydney Basin overnight last night.
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Waterbird population has fallen as much as 90 per cent in Australia's east, shows 37-year study

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The drought has decimated the population of waterbirds across eastern Australia, with researchers saying numbers have fallen by as much as 90 per cent in the last four decades.
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South East Queensland combined dam levels drop to 60pc — so when will water restrictions begin?

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Queensland's combined has fallen to 60 per cent in the south-east of the state for the first time in 11 years, according to Seqwater.
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Queensland bushfire emergency ramps up in Crows Nest, authorities fear five homes lost in Pechey blaze

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Fire authorities have issued an emergency warning for residents in Crows Nest on Queensland's Darling Downs to leave immediately as an "unpredictable and very large" bushfire travels towards the town.
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Total fire bans declared across SA ahead of catastrophic conditions on Wednesday

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A total fire ban has been declared for South Australia on Tuesday ahead of catastrophic conditions expected on Wednesday.
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Sunshine Coast hail storm declared 'catastrophe' as Insurance Council estimates $40 million in damage

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The Insurance Council of Australia has declared Sunday's hail storm on the Sunshine Coast a "catastrophe" after receiving more than 5,000 claims and a damage bill reaching $40 million.
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Monday November 18, 2019

Supercell hailstorm causes millions of dollars of damage to Sunshine Coast crops

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Farmers on the Sunshine Coast are counting the cost of a supercell that rained hailstones, some as big as tennis balls, down on orchards and small crops yesterday afternoon.
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Temperature records smashed across Perth and regional WA during weekend heatwave

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A weekend of intense heat in Western Australia has seen 36 locations, including Perth, record their warmest November day on record and now the hot air mass is on its way to the eastern states.
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Heat for Adelaide and Catastrophic fire danger for SA

13:36 EDT
Temperatures will soar and fire danger ratings could reach catastrophic levels across South Australia on Wednesday.  Heat that has been building over Western Australia will make its way east over the next couple of days ahead of a low pressure trough and cold front, peaking on Wednesday.  Temperatures in Adelaide are forecast to reach the low 40's, over 10 degrees above- average.
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Hail smashes southeast Queensland

13:23 EDT
Thunderstorms broke out in southeast Queensland on Sunday, dumping rain and large hail over the region.
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Severe storm hits South East Queensland, bringing giant hailstones and destructive winds

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Hailstones the size of cricket balls fell in the Sunshine Coast hinterland as parts of Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast were hit by storms on Sunday afternoon.
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See how the winds are affecting bushfire conditions around the country

10:21 EDT
Strong and changeable winds can have a huge impact on how bushfires start and spread and how firefighters are able to try and contain them.
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Queensland fires remain challenging as Pechey blaze flares again

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Two emergency fire warnings have been downgraded in Queensland's south-east as more than 80 blazes continue to burn across the state.
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Sunday November 17, 2019

Spring heat for Western Australia

13:40 EDT
A hot air mass lingering over much of Western Australia is creating sweltering conditions.
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A taste of the summer heat for Adelaide

13:30 EDT
Over the last month, southeast SA has escaped the most intense spells of heat with many days coming in below average to start off November, with today being no exception.
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Centre-pivot irrigation leading pastoral industry attempts to drought-proof WA's north

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There are more centre-pivot irrigation systems along Western Australia's Kimberley coast than any other region in Australia, as pastoralists attempt to grow the northern cattle industry.
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Bushfire threatens Pechey and Ravensbourne as BOM warns storms could start more blazes in Queensland

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A dangerous bushfire burning in Queensland's Darling Downs has escalated, with residents in Ravensbourne being told to leave immediately, as the Bureau of Meteorology warns forecast storms could do more harm than good.
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Perth endures hottest November day since records began as Western Australia sizzles in the heat

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Perth has broken two weather records The temperature hit 40.4 degrees on Saturday — the hottest November day since records began in 1897.
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Saturday November 16, 2019

Winter not releasing its grip on Tasmania just yet

16:03 EDT
Persistent cold fronts have been keeping any real hint of summer away from Tasmania, with more on the way this week.
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Elevated fire danger across southeast QLD and northern NSW

10:10 EDT
Fire weather continues into this weekend with numerous ‘Severe’ and an ‘Extreme’ Fire Danger Rating across NSW and QLD.
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Wild dog controls and a 100km-long fence will bring sheep back to south-west Queensland

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The Truss farming family has renewed hope they will run many more sheep on their property after successfully controlling wild dogs with a 100-kilometre fence.
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Friday November 15, 2019

Qld bushfire latest: Fire crews battle fast-moving blaze north of Toowoomba

21:04 EDT
Ground crews and waterbombing aircraft have been working to control a dangerous and fast-moving bushfire that has flared again to threaten two towns on the Darling Downs, west of Brisbane.
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Pre-summer heat challenging records in WA

20:32 EDT
A hot air mass is challenging springtime records in Western Australia this week.  While temperatures typically start to climb across Western Australia in spring, this week's heat is pushing the mercury to levels previously not observed before the start of summer.
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Drought-affected farmer performing caesarean sections on pregnant cows too weak to deliver

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On rain-starved properties across Australia, farmers are having to make tough decisions to keep their stock and businesses alive.
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Queensland bushfire emergency sees inspirational 'Dad's Army' of volunteer firefighters step up

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A group of volunteer rural firefighters all aged over 70 are challenging the retiree stereotype, donning firefighting gear and helping put out blazes near Woodgate during the bushfire emergency in southern Queensland.
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A cauldron of extreme heat developing in WA is heading straight for the east coast bushfire zone

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A build-up of intense heat that will see temperatures in WA soar into the mid 40s this weekend will be dragged across the country next week, right into parts of New South Wales and Queensland devastated by bushfires this week.
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Hot air to spread across Australia, raising fire danger

12:24 EDT
A mass of hot air will sweep across Australia during the next week, elevating fire danger ratings in multiple states and territories.
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Pappinbarra dairy farming couple pour 4,000L milk down the drain after NSW bushfires knock out electricity

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A dairy farming couple on the NSW mid-north coast have been forced to drain nearly 4,000 litres of milk — over eleven milkings — after bushfires left their property without electricity for four days.
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Thursday November 14, 2019

Hot spell in Perth

20:54 EDT
Perth is on track to register its first four-day spell of November days at or above 35 degrees in 86 years.
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Holy water: Anglican bishop says water's spiritual need should be recognised as ACCC water inquiry underway

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The Right Reverend Bishop Donald Kirk says that water needs to be seen as a physical and spiritual fundamental, rather than a commodity, as hearings for the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) inquiry into the water market take place.
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Record-breaking wave in Adriatic Sea

12:12 EDT
A new wave height record was set in the Adriatic Sea this week.
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Yass rescue shelter Heavy Horse Heaven at capacity as drought takes its toll

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Eight years ago, Karen Hood's dream came true.
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NSW bushfires: Three charged for stealing equipment as police probe 'suspicious' blazes

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NSW Police have charged two men with stealing firefighting equipment during Tuesday's bushfire crisis, as they probe several "suspicious" blazes around the state.
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Queensland bushfire threat continues, water-bombing helicopter crash-lands on Darling Downs

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The pilot of a water-bombing helicopter has walked away with minor injuries after crash-landing while battling a blaze at Pechey, west of Brisbane.
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Wednesday November 13, 2019

Fire, climate change and prescribed burning: What do the experts have to say?

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As flames destroyed lives and homes in recent days, there's been a lot of debate about past fires, finger-pointing over prescribed burning, questioning the influence of climate change, or if indeed it was the right time to be talking about it at all.
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Movember inspires farmers to support men's health especially during drought

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The best ideas are often dreamt up around the kitchen table and that's exactly where the Stud Mos team in this year's Movember campaign was born.
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Millewa's outback 'MCG' hosts inaugural Dust Bowl Bash, brings smiles amid devastating drought

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From dusty paddocks to dusty pitches, a handful of Victoria's far-west farmers have brought a grassless cricket ground back to life for just one day.
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Warm, dry end to 2019 increasingly likely for NSW

09:31 EDT
The ongoing influence of two climate drivers will tip the odds in favour of drier and warmer weather in NSW during the final eight weeks of 2019.
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Queensland fires continue with 'gusty' winds expected to hamper efforts in Yeppoon, Cobraball and Scenic Rim

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Authorities are bracing for complicated wind changes that will test containment lines around several large Queensland bushfires overnight.
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Tuesday November 12, 2019

Fire weather: Cold front drags in hot, blustery air and sudden dangerous wind changes

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A catastrophic fire danger is forecast for Greater Sydney, Greater Hunter, Illawarra and Shoalhaven regions on Tuesday, prompting the New South Wales Premier to declare a seven-day state of emergency.
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Southerly change sweeping up NSW coast

15:31 EDT
A southerly buster is sweeping up the NSW coast, on track to pass through Wollongong, Sydney and Newcastle during the late afternoon and early evening.
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The causes of unprecedented bushfires are complex but climate change is part of the puzzle

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As bushfires tear through New South Wales and Queensland, leaving a trail of destruction, we inevitably find ourselves asking: what can be done to stop (or at least tame) them? It's a simple question with an incredibly complex answer that involves fuel management, firefighting techniques, landscape planning, building design and environmental history.
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WA bushfire season sees fire authorities brace for bad conditions leading into summer

12:04 EDT
As devastating bushfires tear through communities on the east coast of the country, emergency services in Western Australia are holding their breath.
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Eastern Australia fire weather update

07:57 EDT
Tuesday will be a dangerous day for fires in eastern Australia as dry, hot and windy weather affects parts of NSW and southern Queensland.
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Drought-affected school oval transformed from 'dust bowl' to lush play area for Wandoan kids

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A parched school oval on Queensland's Western Downs has been transformed from a dust bowl to a lush play space for students.
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Monday November 11, 2019

School closures and evacuations warnings as NSW catastrophic fires loom for Sydney

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Tuesday's fire danger is expected to be worse than originally forecast after the NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) extended its "catastrophic" warning to coastal cities south of Sydney.
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Melbourne set to sizzle

05:50 EDT

Melbournians will need to dust off the fans in preparation for the upcoming heat.

Intense hot, dry, dusty winds to cut across SA

18:59 EDT

Wednesday has potential to be one of the worst fire weather days South Australia has experienced in a few years with Fire Danger expected to reach Catastrophic in several districts.

Queensland bushfire emergency continues amid fears homes lost

17:52 EDT

Erratic winds and hot, dry weather are creating "horrendous conditions" for firefighters trying to battle a blaze at Crows Nest on Queensland's Darling Downs that tripled in size over the weekend.