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Australia's Christmas Day weather: Queensland sizzles while south-east chills

Australia's Christmas Day weather: Queensland sizzles while south-east chills

Melbourne, Sydney and Hobart experience unseasonal lows as Brisbane endured hottest day of the monthAustralians celebrated Christmas Day with a mixture of weather, as some states experienced
Cyclone Hilda lashes west Kimberley with 120km/h winds and heavy rain

Cyclone Hilda lashes west Kimberley with 120km/h winds and heavy rain

Wild weather brings down trees in Broome but category-one system set to weaken as it moves inlandWest Kimberley residents in northern Western Australia are being warned to prepare for flooding as
Favourite Australian photographs from 2017 – in pictures

Favourite Australian photographs from 2017 – in pictures

A look back at the best pics of the past 12 months – from viral photos to momentous moments, fine-art award winners and staff highlights Continue reading...
Bushfires in South Australia amid severe heatwave in south-eastern states

Bushfires in South Australia amid severe heatwave in south-eastern states

Temperatures soar in New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia, with warnings of elevated fire dangersResidents of New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia are facing a scorcher of a weekend,
Bushfire edges towards Melbourne homes as residents flee - video

Bushfire edges towards Melbourne homes as residents flee - video

Residents on the southern outskirts of Melbourne flee their homes as a bushfire edges closer. New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia are facing a severe heatwave over the weekend and residents
South Australian homes lost in bushfire as New South Wales on high alert

South Australian homes lost in bushfire as New South Wales on high alert

Sydney told to expect temperatures in 40s, while Melbourne firefighters welcome a cool change after damaging blaze A number of homes and other buildings have been lost in a dangerous bushfire that
Sydney heatwave: very high fire danger warning for New South Wales

Sydney heatwave: very high fire danger warning for New South Wales

Rural Fire Service warns against complacency after Sunday’s temperatures reach high 40s in western suburbsA total fire ban has been issued for the greater Sydney region after the city sweated through
Australia had third-hottest year ever in 2017, weather bureau says

Australia had third-hottest year ever in 2017, weather bureau says

Bureau says despite the lack of El Niño, Queensland and New South Wales experienced their hottest year on recordQueensland and New South Wales experienced their warmest years on record in 2017 as the
Tropical Cyclone Joyce: parts of WA on red alert over 'threat to lives and homes'

Tropical Cyclone Joyce: parts of WA on red alert over 'threat to lives and homes'

Red alert for areas south of Broome to the Aboriginal community of Bidyadanga in Kimberley and yellow alert in other areas Communities in Western Australia’s north-west have been warned to prepare for
Extreme heat moves into NSW after southern states endure brutal days

Extreme heat moves into NSW after southern states endure brutal days

Temperatures did not go below 30C overnight in parts of Victoria, with health authorities and sporting bodies on alertMuch of south-eastern Australia can expect more fierce heat in coming days, as
Bushfire closes Sydney's Royal national park as heatwave grips NSW

Bushfire closes Sydney's Royal national park as heatwave grips NSW

Blaze contained as most of state swelters through temperatures above 40C, with the heat set to continueFirefighters continued to battle two out-of-control blazes across New South Wales while
Hot weather has Victoria and South Australia sweltering

Hot weather has Victoria and South Australia sweltering

Melbourne and Geelong forecast to reach 39C as total fire bans declared for parts of SAAuthorities in Victoria and South Australia are urging people to behave sensibly and watch out for vulnerable
Images capture orange dust storm that swallowed an Australian town

Images capture orange dust storm that swallowed an Australian town

Charleville is no stranger to dust storms, but residents say the thick, bright orange layer left behind is novelA striking cloud of thick red dust has covered the small town of Charleville in rural
Parts of north Queensland still at risk of flooding, police warn

Parts of north Queensland still at risk of flooding, police warn

Students on school camp in the far north receive airdrop of supplies as they remain isolatedResidents of the rain-hit north Queensland town of Innisfail have been warned they may need to flee to
Queensland schoolchildren trapped by floods for almost a week finally rescued

Queensland schoolchildren trapped by floods for almost a week finally rescued

More than 70 students and staff were stuck at Echo Creek adventure park since MondayA group of schoolchildren and their teachers have been evacuated six days after becoming stranded by floodwater at a
Victoria bushfires: more than 50 towns on alert as wind shifts

Victoria bushfires: more than 50 towns on alert as wind shifts

Several towns across 160km area asked to evacuate, others told it’s too late to leaveResidents have been told to flee to relief centres as grass and bushfires burn out of control in Victoria’s
Tropical Cyclone Nora: Queensland on alert for destructive winds

Tropical Cyclone Nora: Queensland on alert for destructive winds

Cape York community warned of dangerous storm tides even as category three storm weakens slightlyCape York communities are on high alert ahead of Tropical Cyclone Nora, which developed into a category
Cold front to bring wintry chill to Sydney and Melbourne

Cold front to bring wintry chill to Sydney and Melbourne

Gale warnings in place for parts of NSW and Victoria as temperatures plungeSign up to receive the top stories in Australia every day at noon Sydney and Melbourne will endure a week of wintry
Fire and water: July's global weather extremes – in pictures

Fire and water: July's global weather extremes – in pictures

Heatwaves are setting temperature records; Europe suffered its deadliest wildfire in more than a century; 90 large fires in the western US have destroyed homes and forced the evacuation of at least
The new normal? How climate change is making droughts worse

The new normal? How climate change is making droughts worse

In the first part of a new series, we take you through the current conditions, and then put them in context with other severe droughts in Australia’s history Continue reading...