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Easter set to bring more rain, wind and snow for southeast Australia

8 April 2020: Easter 2020 might be a good one when it comes to social distancing and being homebound as a vigorous cold front is set to bring cold, wet and windy weather to Australia's southeast from Friday to Sunday.

Burst of late season storms for northern Australia

8 April 2020: Northern Australia is set to see a late season storm outbreak this week, as an unusual weather event develops across the region.

Tropical Cyclone Harold impacts the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu

7 April 2020: Severe Tropical Cyclone Harold is the strongest cyclone to strike Vanuatu since 2015?s tropical cyclone Pam, which also produced wind gusts of 265km/h sustained and resulted in an estimated $380 million in damage.

Vanuatu bracing for Severe Tropical Cyclone Harold

6 April 2020: Whilst the majority of Australia will experience a quiet week on the weather front, the South Pacific island chain of Vanuatu is bracing for impact from Severe Tropical Cyclone Harold.

Storms looming for southern QLD and northern NSW

3 April 2020: Widespread storm activity is likely to develop for parts of Victoria, New south Wales, inland Queensland, Northern Territory, South Australia and western Tasmania during Friday afternoon.

March weather wrap: A mixed bag for Australia

2 April 2020: March 2020 was a mixed bag across Australia, as many parts of the southeast had cooler and wetter conditions than average, whilst the tropical north continued to be warmer and drier than usual.

Rain and storms for VIC, NSW, TAS and SA

31 March 2020: Parts of south-eastern Australia are set for a wet, stormy and cold start to April.

Early autumn chill grips southern Australia

26 March 2020: Some of the coldest March weather in decades has gripped southern Australia across the past five days as a slow-moving high pressure system has driven unseasonably cool southerly winds over the region.

Storms provide welcome rain across NSW

26 March 2020: Widespread thunderstorm activity during Wednesday afternoon produce moderate to locally heavy falls across central and northern parts of NSW.

Thunderstorms return to Queensland and New South Wales

24 March 2020: Thunderstorm activity will return to inland parts of Queensland and New South Wales during Wednesday afternoon.

Heavy rain expected for North Queensland

20 March 2020: Late this weekend, a coastal trough is expected to move towards the North Queensland coast, with showers, rain periods and isolated thunderstorms expected to develop.

Perth records its wettest March in 7 years

18 March 2020: The South West Land Division of WA has experienced a very stormy last 4 weeks, with an impressive start to Autumn rainfall wise across the region.

Balmy weather giving way to more chill as cold front sweeps across the southeast

18 March 2020: Southeastern Australia is currently enjoying some mid-March warmth as temperatures reach push into the high 20s and low-to-mid 30s, however temperatures are set to plummet again from tomorrow afternoon as a cold front sweeps across the region.

Unseasonably cold March weather affecting southeast Australia

16 March 2020: If anyone thinks it flipped from summer to autumn quickly this year, they would not be wrong as many parts of southeastern Australia are experiencing their coldest weather this early in the year for a number of years.

Sunday and Monday likely to see gusty winds and increase in swells shifting to southern QLD and northern NSW coasts

14 March 2020: A large tropical low in the Coral Sea is forecast to continue strengthening while tracking southeast well out to sea. While the low is currently forecast to reach tropical cyclone intensity early Sunday, there is still some uncertainty about the timing of this and it may occur earlier or later than expected.

Cold and wet weather spreading across southeastern Australia

12 March 2020: After basking in balmy conditions for several days, a cold front is set to sweep across the southeast of the nation, causing temperatures to plummet as well as bringing more good rain across the region.

Chilly March temperatures as more rain soaks southeast QLD & northeast NSW

10 March 2020: More wet weather drenched southeast Queensland and northeast New South Wales on Monday as a thick band of cloud and rain enveloped the region, which also brought about the coolest March day in decades for some areas.

Tropical Cyclone and flooding risk for north Queensland

9 March 2020: Tropical north QLD will face an increasing risk of flooding from Wednesday as a tropical low develops over the northern Coral Sea and possibly develops into a tropical cyclone later this week.

Inland Australia rejoices thanks to a widespread rainfall event

6 March 2020: A large part of Australia had endured a very wet and stormy to start March, with some locations registering their highest rainfall totals in many years.

More welcome rainfall for the interior including vast portions of western QLD and NSW

3 March 2020: The next few days look set for showers, isolated thunderstorms and heavy rain periods that may lead to flash flooding and riverine flooding to develop across parts of the central and southeastern NT tomorrow with the remnants of ex-TC Esther expected to drift in a southeasterly direction leading into Friday.

Summer 2019-2020 wrap: Bushfires and drought give way to widespread rain and flooding

2 March 2020: Summer 2019-2020 was a season of contrasts across Australia, as blistering heat, bushfires and record dry in December gave way to flooding by mid-to-late January and into February as the climate drivers behind the nation's big dry broke down.

Heavy rain and flash flooding for inland Australia

1 March 2020: Confidence is increasing for showers, storms and heavy rain periods that may lead to flash flooding and riverine flooding developing across the interior of the country this week.

Widespread severe thunderstorms continue for Queensland

28 February 2020: Severe thunderstorms have been the major focus for Queensland and New South Wales this past week with reoccurring thunderstorms within an active pattern ongoing for most of the week, as major flood waters flow through southern and southwest parts of QLD.

Thunderstorms firing up over NSW and QLD

26 February 2020: Thunderstorms will fire up across New South Wales and Queensland on Wednesday and Thursday as a broad low pressure trough continues to be fed by warm and humid air sourced from the Coral Sea.

Flood waters create inland islands for parts of the southern inland

25 February 2020: Major flood warnings are currently in effect for people situated close or near to the Wallam and Mungallala Creeks, Warrego River, Pardoo River and Eyre Creek.

Tropical Cyclone Esther making landfall

24 February 2020: Tropical Cyclone Esther has made landfall today between Mornington Island and the NT/QLD Border as a category 1 system, and is expected to move in a westward direction over the coming days, whilst weakening.

Severe storms for South West Western Australia

24 February 2020: A surface trough draped over the West Coast of Western Australia will trigger scattered showers and thunderstorms this afternoon and evening.

24 hour rainfall totals over 200mm recorded for inland parts of Queensland

23 February 2020: Significant rainfall has been recorded yesterday and overnight for the northern tropical coastal and adjacent inland districts and also parts of the southern inland, including parts of the Warrego and Maranoa.

High chance of tropical cyclone developing in the Gulf of Carpentaria this weekend

21 February 2020: Conditions are becoming increasingly favourable over the coming days for the development of a tropical cyclone in the Gulf of Carpentaria, as a tropical low that formed within the monsoon trough last night gains strength.

Heavy rain and storms set to cause flooding for inland Queensland

21 February 2020: Severe storms and rain periods are expected to cause flooding and damaging winds across inland parts of Queensland over the next 72 hours.

Severe thunderstorms lash parts of Southeastern Queensland

20 February 2020: Severe thunderstorms affected some inland and coastal locations of the southeast yesterday afternoon and evening, as the atmosphere overcame an dry air intrusion which supressed thunderstorm formation.

Widespread thunderstorm outbreak brings destructive winds and large hail to NSW and VIC

19 February 2020: Severe thunderstorms lashed Victoria and New South Wales yesterday in one of the most intense thunderstorm outbreaks this storm season, bringing hail larger than golf balls, destructive wind gusts and incredbile lightning rates.

Severe storms to lash Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland

17 February 2020: During Tuesday, a surface trough will deepen across New South Wales and Victoria in response to a strong short wave trough ejecting across south-eastern Australia.

Rainfall and heavy rainfall impacts ease parts of SE QLD and NE NSW

14 February 2020: Southeast QLD and northeastern NSW experienced another day and night of significant weather with heavy rainfall during the morning exacerbating current flash flooding and levels in rivers creeks and estuaries.

Rapid River Rises and Flooding impacts parts of SE QLD and NE NSW

13 February 2020: Substantial rainfall has fallen across the coastal and adjacent inland districts of southeast Queensland and northeastern New South Wales overnight with coastal and inland rivers and streams rising quickly.

All eyes on Tropical Cyclone Uesi as more rain soaks eastern Australia

11 February 2020: After the heaviest rain in decades hit parts of eastern Australia across the last week, there is increasing focus on Tropical Cyclone Uesi which is expected to pass close to the Australian coastline this week.

The Land of Extremes from Droughts to Cyclones to Flooding Rains

11 February 2020: Severe Tropical Cyclone Damien lashed Karratha, Western Australia and parts of the Pilbara crossing the coast on February 8th, 2020 as a severe Category 3 system.

Torrential rain and significant flooding for the NSW Central and South Coasts

7 February 2020: The heaviest rain in years (more than a decade for some areas) will drench the central and southern NSW coast over the coming days with widespread falls of 150-to-300mm expected, with some areas at risk of seeing in excess of 500-600mm.

Pilbara Coast braces for severe Tropical Cyclone Damien

7 February 2020: The Pilbara Coast in Western Australia is bracing for the arrival of Tropical Cyclone Damien.

Rainfall to 200mm+ already recorded for some Southern QLD coastal locations

6 February 2020: Substantial rainfall has already begun to fall especially for coastal and adjacent inland areas of the northern Sunshine Coast and Southern Wide Bay and Burnett over the past 24 hours.

Severe thunderstorms hit northeast NSW

4 February 2020: Relentless heat and humidity finally gave way across the northeast of New South Wales on Monday afternoon as severe thunderstorms swept across the region, bringing damaging winds, heavy rainfall and hail.

Tropical Cyclone Damien to develop off the Western Australian Coast

4 February 2020: As the eastern seaboard of Australia braces for a major rain event, Western Australia is expected to see Tropical Cyclone Damien develop off the Kimberley coast later this week.

Gale force winds and very heavy rainfall lash New Zealand's South Island

3 February 2020: A series of active fronts swept across the South Island yesterday and is set to continue today bringing periods of very heavy rainfall to southern and western parts of the island.

Showers, widespread storm activity and rain for eastern Australia

2 February 2020: The first week in February is likely to be a wet week across the eastern seaboard with showers, widespread storms and rain periods expected to develop.

Very hot temperatures for today and into this weekend for NSW and the ACT

31 January 2020: A series of fronts are helping drag down a very hot air mass sourced from the nation's west, with temperatures set to challenge records for today during the day and into the next couple of evenings.

Heavy rain and flooding for South Australia

30 January 2020: Over the next few days, South Australia is likely to see its heaviest and most widespread rain event for nearly 4 years, dating back to the major September 2016 event.

Intense heat and fire weather to scorch southeast Australia

29 January 2020: After a run of cooler weather, an intense burst of heat will sweep across southeast Australia between Thursday and Saturday, causing temperatures to soar into the mid 40s and dangerous fire conditions.

Significant 24 hour rainfall totals for the Herbert and Lower Burdekin, Queensland

28 January 2020: Yesterday and overnight, the State Emergency Service received approximately 20 calls for help in the Townsville area alone in response to the extreme rainfall.

Widespread moderate to heavy rainfall to ramp up across northern Australia

24 January 2020: A slow moving surface and upper low is set to hover over the northern inland of the continent and cause widespread showers, storms and rain areas to persist day after day across much of the Northern Territory and northern Queensland.

Fires, severe thunderstorms and damaging winds lash NSW

24 January 2020: It was a testing Thursday for emergency services across New South Wales as fires, dust and strong winds battered the south of the state, whilst severe thunderstorms hit central and northern areas.

Fire danger spiking over southeast Australia, but rain to follow

22 January 2020: A strong cold front is dragging a hot airmass and strong winds once again over southeastern Australia causing dust storms and fire danger to reach severe to extreme levels, however rain is thankfully on the way in the wake of the change.

Ongoing thunderstorm outbreak for Queensland and New South Wales

22 January 2020: Another round of severe thunderstorms occurred yesterday afternoon and evening for southeastern parts of Queensland and northern NSW leaving approximately 20,000 residents without power.

Severe thunderstorms to hit northeast NSW and eastern QLD today

21 January 2020: Showers and potentially severe thunderstorms are likely to develop today over far northeast NSW and eastern QLD, with potential for large hail, damaging wind gusts and very heavy rainfall leading to flash flooding.

Destructive winds and giant hailstones for the Nation's Capital

20 January 2020: Severe thunderstorms containing damaging to locally destructive winds, giant to large hail and moderate to heavy rainfall have lashed Canberra today shortly after lunchtime, as a severe thunderstorm outbreak currently is occurring through central and southeastern parts of Australia.

Severe storms for New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland Monday

19 January 2020: Wet and wild weather will continue across the eastern states on Monday, with a thunderstorm outbreak likely across parts of QLD, NSW and VIC.

Heavy rain and flooding hit southeast QLD and northeast NSW

18 January 2020: The most widespread and heaviest rain event since Ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie hit southeast Queensland and northeast New South Wales last night and into the early hours of today, with rainfall totals in excess of 200-to-300mm leading to flash flooding across the region.

Widespread rain and storms drench Queensland

17 January 2020: The best rain in years drenched parts of central and southern Queensland on Thursday and into Friday morning as a moisture-laden trough caused widespread rain and storms across the region.

Thunderstorms drench central Victoria - New South Wales and Queensland next

16 January 2020: Heavy rain soaked central Victoria yesterday as thunderstorms lashed the state, bringing the best rain in a few years to some places, with the focus of the action now moving to New South Wales and Queensland over the next few days.

Widespread rain and thunderstorms for eastern Australia

14 January 2020: There has been growing optimism over the last few days about widespread rain across eastern Australia across the next week, with computer models now agreeing many parts of Australia's east are likely to see their best summer rain in several years.

How to Help the Bushfire Affected Critters

As the bushfire disaster continues, it has been heartening to see the massive response from individuals and companies both in Australia and overseas in terms of major donations for community fire relief and reconstruction.

Showers, storms and rain periods for South East Queensland

9 January 2020: After a dry start to 2020 for eastern Queensland and New South Wales, signs of pattern change are underway as the monsoon season kicks off across northern Australia

Fire danger spiking again over southeast Australia - but patterns set to shift

8 January 2020: Another burst of heat and strong winds are set to cause bushfires to flare up again on Thursday and especially Friday, however a cooler change and increased moisture is finally set to bring a proper reprieve to Australia's southeast from the weekend.

Thunderstorms bring patchy but good falls to New South Wales

8 January 2020: Thunderstorms developed over central and northern inland parts of NSW yesterday, bringing much needed rain to the drought struck state, with some locations seeing their best falls in almost a decade.

Tropical Cyclone Threatens the Top End

7 January 2020: A tropical cyclone off the Top End is becoming increasingly likely by the middle of this week, as a tropical low over the Arafura Sea continues to intensify.

Welcome Temporary Easing of Fire Dangers in Fire Affected East Gippsland/Southern NSW

6 January 2020: It's good to see that over the last couple of days, patchy mainly light rainfall, more moisture, much cooler temperatures and weaker winds have eased fire dangers right back.

First Tropical Cyclone for the Western Region for 2020

6 January 2020: As at 9:00am (WST) this morning, Category 1 Tropical Cyclone Blake has been named and is the first Tropical Cyclone to exist in Australian waters for 2020.

Record temperatures and firestorms cause havoc in southern NSW and eastern VIC

5 January 2020: Record breaking heat struck parts of NSW on Saturday, as raging fire caused havoc across southern NSW and eastern Victoria.

Heat, dry lightning and dangerous fire conditions to continue for southern Australia

2 January 2020: Over the past 4 months, Australia has been in an all-out war against raging bushfires, with Western Australia, South Australia, Queensland, Tasmania, New South Wales and Victoria all experiencing emergency warned fires.


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