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South East Queensland cleans up after days of severe storms

13 May 2021: Parts of South East Queensland will begin to clean up the mess left after savage May thunderstorms rocked the region on Wednesday evening.

Unseasonable storms for Eastern Queensland and NSW

10 May 2021: An unseasonable thunderstorm outbreak is underway across Eastern Queensland and NSW, with numerous lightning active storms rolling through the region on Sunday afternoon and evening.

Showers, storms and hail on the way for northern NSW and southern Queensland

4 May 2021: An intense upper cold pool of air/cut off low will continue to drift north across NSW on Tuesday, in association with a surface trough and cold front.

Heavy showers for South Western WA

28 April 2021: A cold front will approach and cross the Western Australian coast late Thursday afternoon and evening, with a band of gusty showers and isolated thunderstorms expected with its passage.

Unseasonable rainfall totals for Far North Queensland

19 April 2021: Unseasonable rainfall totals have developed across coastal regions of Far North Queensland overnight, with widespread totals exceeding 150-200mm for many locations.

A series of cold fronts with gusty winds and cool temperatures for Southeastern Australia

19 April 2021: Southeastern Australia is set for another dose of strong winds and cold temperatures this week, as a series of cold fronts traverse the region.

Two tropical cyclones threatening Australian mainland

10 April 2021: Tropical Cyclone Seroja and Tropical Cyclone Odette are currently lying off the coast of northwestern Australia, and are likely to pose a risk to the Australian mainland over the coming days.

Eastern Queensland and Northern NSW on alert for more heavy rain

2 April 2021: Just two weeks after moderate to major flooding affected parts of South Eastern Queensland and Northern NSW, a second rain-baring system is set to threaten the region with another round of flooding late on the Easter long weekend.

La Nina is over - so what is ahead for Australia?

31 March 2021: La Nina was officially declared over yesterday by the Bureau of Meteorology as sea surface temperatures in the tropical Pacific Ocean returned close to normal, so what is the outlook ahead for Australia over the coming months?

Major flooding continues for parts of Southern Queensland

24 March 2021: Southern parts of South East Queensland have felt the full brunt of two significant weather systems over the last several days, with extremely heavy rainfall leading to major flooding for some locations.

Dangerous and life-threatening flash flooding for the NSW Coast

18 March 2021: Torrential rain is likely over parts of the New South Wales coast over the next few days, with warnings for dangerous and life-threatening flash flooding and moderate to major riverine flooding in some areas.

Cloudy, wet week for parts of eastern Australia

16 March 2021: Parts of Australia'a east coast will barely see the sun this week as persistent onshore winds drive showers over the region, with inland areas also likely to see some follow up rain as these humid winds feed a trough building over the inland.

Spectacular thunderstorms and heavy rain hit NSW

10 March 2021: Monday and Tuesday saw spectacular thunderstorms hit parts of New South Wales, particularly central and northeast areas, with nature putting on a display of intense lightning shows and photogenic cloud formations, on top of heavy rainfall and localised hail and strong wind gusts.

Wet and stormy week for NSW and QLD

8 March 2021: The second week of March is set to be a wet and stormy week for large portions of NSW and Southern QLD with the potential for severe storms each day.

Tropical cyclone likely to form off North Queensland

1 March 2021: A tropical low currently off the North Tropical Coast is expected to drift around erratically over water in the region for much of this outlook period while gradually intensifying.

Heavy rain and severe thunderstorms lashing northern NSW and southern QLD

25 February 2021: Severe thunderstorms and areas of heavy rainfall have been hitting northern New South Wales and southern Queensland over the past few days, with hundreds of thousands of lightning strikes, golf ball size hail and 24 hour totals in excess of 300mm in some areas.

Thunderstorms likely for northern NSW and southern QLD

23 February 2021: Thunderstorms are likely over northeast NSW and southeast & central QLD today as a trough moves over the region, and is fed by humid onshore winds with the aid of a southerly change as well.

Recent moderate to heavy coastal rainfall to be followed by heat in southern central QLD/NE NSW

19 February 2021: A vigorous east to southeasterly flow bringing in moisture from the sea combined with some cooler air in the midlevels has been causing frequent moderate to heavy showers and local thunder along the southern Queensland and northern New South Wales coast in the past few days.

Hot week for southern Australia as a low-intensity heatwave grips the region

15 February 2021: As the east coast of Australia gets soaked this week, things will be very different in the south as a band of heat moves over the region, causing the most sustained period of heat so far this summer for many areas.

More heavy rain ahead of NSW and inland QLD

12 February 2021: After heavy rainfall hit the region last weekend, more good rain is likely across parts of New South Wales and inland Queensland from later today and into the weekend as a trough triggers thunderstorms and rain areas.

High temperatures across SA and VIC before a cooler change and rain

11 February 2021: Temperatures are soaring into the mid to high 30s and 40s across southeastern Australia today, however relief is on the way as a cooler change and rain spreads across the region, although the heaviest falls will be confined to the interior.

Significant severe weather event for Southern Australia

4 February 2021: A multi-day, significant weather event is about to unfold across Southern Australia as a very strong upper level system develops.

Wooroloo Bushfire rages on claiming 71 homes

3 February 2021: Two hundred firefighters are actively working in difficult terrain as erratic and strong winds continue to challenge crews on the front lines who are protecting what they can and putting containment lines in place this morning.

Tropical low bringing torrential rain to the Kimberley; likely to develop into a Tropical Cyclone this weekend

29 January 2021: The low, which formed over the southern Daly district in the NT on Tuesday, has been producing widespread falls of 50-100mm across the last few days as it moved over the WA Kimberley region, prompting flood warnings advising of impassable roads and isolation of communities.

Bushfires to give way to rain and storms for South Australia

25 January 2021: Hot temperatures and bushfire conditions across South Eastern South Australia will give way to showers, storms and rain periods on Monday afternoon and evening.

First heatwave of summer beginning to grip parts of Australia's southeast

21 January 2021: It has been a refreshingly cool summer across southeastern Australia so far as persistent rain thanks to La Nina has kept a lid on temperatures, however a prolonged hot spell is beginning to take hold and is set to persist into next week.

Western Australia on Cyclone Watch, with Lucas expected to form later this week

20 January 2021: At 8:57am Western Standard Time, the Bureau of Meteorology issued the first Tropical Cyclone Advice for Tropical Low 08U with a cyclone watch issued between Bidyadanga in the Kimberley to Roebourne in the Pilbara.

Intense rainstorms bring flash flooding to parts of coastal and inland Southeast Queensland

19 January 2021: An inland trough was the catalyst for severe thunderstorm activity, which tracked across the south-east during the afternoon, and impacted parts of the Sunshine Coast later in the evening.

Tropical Cyclone Kimi looms large off the North Queensland Coast

18 January 2021: Tropical North Queensland is on Cyclone watch today, as Tropical Cyclone Kimi hovers off the North Tropical Coast.

Thunderstorms to return to Eastern NSW

14 January 2021: Thunderstorms will return to Eastern NSW from Thursday onwards, as a multi-day thunderstorm outbreak develops.

Heat and fire weather over southeast Australia before a gusty cooler change

13 January 2021: It has been a hot start to the week for southeastern Australia, with many areas seeing temperatures climbing into the 30s today after recording their hottest day of summer so far on Monday.

Flood Watch continues for parts of the Tropical North

9 January 2021: The wet season continues to deliver for parts of the northern and central Queensland coasts with day after day of scattered showers and storms, sometimes tending to rain areas.

Intense thunderstorms produce flash flooding across South Eastern Queensland

7 January 2021: Severe thunderstorms erupted across Eastern Queensland on Wednesday afternoon with severe flash flooding and locally damaging winds developing during the late afternoon and evening hours.

Severe weather continues for North Queensland

6 January 2021: It's been a very active start to 2021 across North Queensland with the development of Tropical Cyclone Imogen which moved across the Gulf before weakening into a tropical low.

Severe thunderstorms erupt across South Eastern Australia

2 January 2021: Intense rainfall and severe thunderstorms are currently occurring across vast portions of western and central Victoria and southern, western, central and inland northeastern New South Wales.

Temperatures soar in South Western WA with thunderstorms expected through northern and southern regions today

30 December 2020: Temperatures continue to soar between the Christmas and New Year period for vast portions of Western Australia, with thunderstorms forecast through eastern parts of the South West Land Division and extending into parts of the Gascoyne today.

La Niņa is in full swing, as rainfall increases across Australia

30 December 2020: For the past few months, Australia has been sitting in a La Niņa phase however most of the rainfall had been centred across Southern Australia, with Victoria, Tasmania and NSW registering solid falls, particularly in October.

Thunderstorms lash NSW with more to come

28 December 2020: Severe thunderstorms have lashed New South Wales over the last 48 hours, producing large to giant hail, damaging winds and heavy rainfall with further storm activity forecast today and Tuesday.

Heavy December rainfall impacts multiple states and Territories

22 December 2020: An impressive northwest cloud band stemming from a tropical low across Northwestern Australia has delivered impressive rainfall totals across multiple states and Territories over the last several days, with some locations registering their highest December totals on record.

Intense flash flooding across the Gold Coast and Northern NSW

17 December 2020: A moist and unstable airmass across SE QLD has resulted in heavy showers and storms across the Gold Coast on Thursday, causing hazardous conditions for coastal regions.

Category Five Cyclone Yasa set to lash Fiji

16 December 2020: Severe Tropical Cyclone Yasa, which strengthened into a category five system overnight, is set to make a direct hit on Fiji from Thursday as it begins to accelerate southeast from today.

Major weather pattern turnaround sees coasts of southern QLD and northern NSW receive huge drenching

14 December 2020: In what's become much more like a classic La Nina pattern in summer, the stable synoptic pattern that was preventing large rain events from affecting eastern Australia finally and suddenly gave way last week to a very broad easterly flow.

Tropical Cyclone Yasa forms near the Pacific Islands; Fiji at risk

14 December 2020: Tropical Cyclone Yasa was officially named overnight as the tropical low that has been been developing over the last few days between Fiji and Vanuatu deepened further, posing a threat to the Pacific Islands.

Significant rainfall totals for the Mid North Coast of NSW overnight

12 December 2020: Rainfall up to 300mm was recorded in a 24 hour period to 9:00am this morning for Nambucca Heads as a low pressure trough edged northward yesterday and overnight into the early hours of this morning.

Northern NSW and far Southern QLD coast to be drenched by rain

11 December 2020: A dramatic turnaround from the very dry conditions that have prevailed in these regions until now is about to unfold thanks to a coastal low forecast to develop in a deepening trough as well as an upper low.

La Nina finally turns on the tap over Australia

9 December 2020: La Nina is finally making itself felt after a dry and record hot November, as widespread rain affects the country over the coming week (at least).

Another electrifying night for inland and coastal districts

8 December 2020: Severe thunderstorms returned once again to parts of southeastern inland and coastal QLD yesterday with all severe elements recorded inclusive of localised strong to damaging winds, large hail and heavy rainfall.

Potential rain on the horizon for Eastern Queensland and NSW

7 December 2020: After a dry November, December is showing signs that solid rainfall is on the horizon for Eastern Queensland and NSW.

Severe storms strike inland Queensland and NSW

3 December 2020: Severe thunderstorms fired up across inland NSW and QLD on Wednesday afternoon with damaging to locally destructive winds, hail and heavy rainfall leading to flash flooding.

Southern and Eastern Australia is set to sizzle!

27 November 2020: Near-record breaking temperatures are expected across a large portion of the country over the next several days as an intense heatwave develops for Southern and Eastern Australia.

Intense November heatwave spreading into NSW and QLD

25 November 2020: An intense November heatwave is beginning to spread into western parts of New South Wales and Queensland today, and is expected to persist into early December as a slow moving and very hot airmass pools over the region.

Severe heatwave to grip South Australia

24 November 2020: An intense band of heat is set to grip southeastern Australia to finish off November, with South Australia likely to feel the brunt of it as temperatures soar into the mid 40s in some areas.

Heavy rain drenches Victoria and the ACT as widespread rain and storms hit southeast Australia

23 November 2020: Rain and thunderstorms swept across southeastern Australia last night, producing widespread rain and a spectacular lightning show across Victoria, southern New South Wales and the ACT.

Western Australia endures 20 straight Fire Weather Warning days, with no let up in sight

22 November 2020: In a stark contrast to Eastern Australia, Western Australia is in the middle of an unwanted hot streak, with today (Sunday the 22nd of November) the 20th consecutive day with severe fire danger or higher across the state.

Hot and dry end to November for most of Australia despite La Nina

20 November 2020: The last ten days of November are going to end on a hot and dry note for large parts of the country, with very dry and unusually hot conditions for many areas despite La Nina.

Thunderstorms to return to SE Queensland

16 November 2020: After a hot and muggy weekend, thunderstorms will return to South East Queensland on Tuesday afternoon before a cooler southerly change sweeps through the region during the late afternoon and evening.

A stormy Friday afternoon for eastern Australia

13 November 2020: Over the last 48 hours, thunderstorm activity has steadily progressed east with severe storms striking parts of South Australia, western Queensland, NSW, Victoria and the Northern Territory.

Above average temperatures to spread across southern Queensland and New South Wales

11 November 2020: In what's likely to be the first real multiday period of above average temperatures so far this Spring, a north to northwesterly slow will drag warm to hot air down over much of southern Queensland and northern New South Wales this weekend into early next week.

South Australia bakes with thunderstorms set to hit the south

10 November 2020: Temperatures are soaring across South Australia today with large parts of the state pushing into the high 30s and 40s, with thunderstorms likely this afternoon and into Wednesday morning ahead of a cooler change.

Severe storms on the way for Victoria

10 November 2020: After a lean start to the storm season, things are going to heat up over the next 48 hours across central and western Victoria as a strong low pressure system and cold front sweep across southeastern Australia.

Low pressure system bringing showers, thunderstorms and strong winds to southern WA

9 November 2020: The effects of an unseasonably strong low pressure are being felt across the southwest of Western Australia today as showers, strong winds and thunderstorms hit the region, however for some areas the worst is yet to come as the low deepens and nears the southern coast tomorrow.

Severe thunderstorms and heavy falls across central Queensland

8 November 2020: Another bout of severe weather impacted Queensland on Saturday afternoon, with severe thunderstorms firing up across the Central Highlands and Coalfields and heavy falls exceeding 100mm developing across parts of the Central Coast and Whitsunday region.

Tasman low brings rain, strong winds, large surf and chilliest November day in years to central and southern NSW

6 November 2020: Conditions more typical of winter than late spring affected central and southern New South Wales on Thursday, causing showers, snow over alpine areas and the coldest November day in years in some areas.

Heatwave conditions gripping northern Australia

5 November 2020: Northern Australia is sweltering in unusually hot conditions for this time of the year as temperatures soar into the mid 40s in some areas, with the stifling conditions expected to continue for at least the next ten days.

Southerly buster is moving through Sydney and central NSW

5 November 2020: A strong southerly buster is sweeping through the greater Sydney, Hunter and Mid North Coast region of NSW during Thursday as a low pressure system deepens off the NSW coastline.

October 2020: Warm and wet across Australia, severe storms lash the east

3 November 2020: October 2020 was a warm and wet month across Australia, with most states and territories seeing healthy falls throughout the month, before giant hail lashed the east at the end of the month.

Severe storms for eastern Queensland

30 October 2020: Severe thunderstorms will return to eastern Queensland during Saturday afternoon with damaging to locally destructive winds, large to giant hail and heavy rain.

Monster hail pummels northern NSW

30 October 2020: Explosive thunderstorm activity developed across the Mid North Coast and Northern Rivers of NSW on Thursday afternoon, as a very cold pool of air associated with an upper trough moved directly over the region.

Severe storms unleash on eastern Australia

29 October 2020: An extremely active period for thunderstorms continued across eastern Queensland and NSW during Wednesday afternoon and evening, with numerous severe thunderstorms producing large to giant hail, heavy rain and damaging winds.

Savage spring storms tear through South East Queensland with more to come

26 October 2020: After a dry start to spring, rain and severe thunderstorm activity ramped up across South East Queensland over the weekend with heavy rain, damaging to locally destructive winds and large hail.

Heavy rain and severe thunderstorms spreading across southeast Australia

23 October 2020: A dynamic weather pattern is unfolding across the southeast of Australia as a complex low pressure system and trough spread across the region, generating widespread rain and potential for severe thunderstorms over the next few days.

Severe storms provide excellent rainfall for central Queensland

22 October 2020: Wednesday afternoon saw multiple severe thunderstorms develop across central Queensland, bringing the threat of large hail, damaging wind and heavy rainfall.

Severe thunderstorms developing from central NSW to central QLD

21 October 2020: Severe thunderstorms are firing up today from inland parts of central NSW into central Queensland, bringing the threat of heavy rainfall, damaging winds and large hail, with more activity likely over the coming days.

Large multi-day storm outbreak for Central and eastern Australia

19 October 2020: Central and eastern Australia is set to see a large storm outbreak over the next 7 days, as a series of upper troughs traverse Australia.

Bureau of Meteorology releases their 2020/2021 Australian Tropical Cyclone Outlook

12 October 2020: The Bureau of Meteorology has released their 2020/2021 tropical cyclone outlook, with Australia expecting to see above average tropical cyclone activity across the 2020-2021 season (November to April).

Showers and storms to spread to parts of southern Queensland and northeast New South Wales

11 October 2020: An inland surface trough combined with moist winds feeding into it and some colder in the midlevels of the atmosphere is expected to cause showers and storms to spread further down into parts of Queensland's southeast and New South Wales' northeast on Monday.

Record October rainfall for Darwin

8 October 2020: Darwin and surrounds have seen record October rainfall fall overnight, as thunderstorm activity spread into rain during the early hours of Thursday morning.

Widespread rain, thunderstorms, strong winds for southeast Australia

6 October 2020: Widespread follow up rain, strong winds and thunderstorms are likely over the next few days across Australia's southeast as a trough and complex low pressure system moves across the region.

Heaviest rain in years drenches parts of SA, TAS

5 October 2020: The heaviest rain in years fell in some parts of South Australia and Tasmania over the past 24 hours, as a thick cloudband brought widespread rain to the nation's southeast.

Severe thunderstorms return to NE/NSW and SE/QLD

2 October 2020: Thursday saw a welcome return to thundery skies for parts of northeastern New South Wales and also southeastern Queensland. Thunderstorms developed through parts of both regions yesterday afternoon producing localised strong wind gusts and large hailstones across multiple locations.

Hot start to October for SA, before widespread rain and a cool change

1 October 2020: Hot conditions with severe to extreme fire danger is likely to affect parts of South Australia over the first few days of October, before a cool change and widespread rain arrives later on Saturday and into Sunday.


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