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residents wade through floodwaters in the suburb of hermit park in townsville this week

Floods, fire and drought: Australia, a country in the grip of extreme weather bingo

Amid record temperatures, severe flooding and devastation of wilderness, the political message from the government is business as usual — The people of Townsville know about heavy rain, but this was new. Over the past fortnight, the northern Queensland city’s 180,000 residents have been hit by a monsoon strengthened by a low-pressure front that dragged …

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dead cattle at eddington station in western queensland

Townsville flood inquiry announced, as up to 300,000 cattle die in western Queensland

Premier distances herself from decision to open Ross River dam floodgates, which sent water into Townsville suburbs — The Queensland government has announced an inquiry into the historic flooding in Townsville, as evidence mounts that local authorities failed to anticipate the extreme nature of the recent record rainfall. The independent inquiry will look into “key …

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australia’s hottest since records began

January was Australia’s hottest month since records began

Bureau of Meteorologist says global warming contributed to soaring temperatures — January was Australia’s hottest month on record, with the country’s mean temperature exceeding 30°C for the first time since records began in 1910. The Bureau of Meteorology released its climate summary for January on Friday and said the widespread heatwave conditions and daily extremes …

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people in adelaide head to the beach to escape thursday’s record-breaking australia heatwave

Adelaide breaks its all-time heat record, hitting 46.6C, in extreme Australia heatwave

Seventeen records broken in South Australia amid animal culls and mass fish deaths in other parts of the country — Temperature records have tumbled across South Australia, with the city of Adelaide experiencing its hottest day on record, as the second heatwave in as many weeks hit southern parts of Australia. Adelaide hit 46.6°C on …

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a sign warns bathers of the extreme heat on bondi beach, in sydney

‘It’s like hell here’: Australia bakes as record temperatures nudge 50°C

Fears rise for homeless and vulnerable people as communities brace for another week of relentless hot weather — It was 48.9°C last Tuesday in Port Augusta, South Australia, an old harbour city that now harvests solar power. Michelle Coles, the owner of the local cinema, took off her shoes at night to test the concrete …

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Temperatures in sydney’s west and other parts of nsw were forecast to reach 45C on the fifth day of australia’s extreme heatwave

Australia heatwave: overnight minimum of 35.9°C in Noona sets new record

On fifth day of record-breaking extreme weather, temperatures in parts of Victoria, ACT and NSW forecast to soar above 40°C, including in Sydney’s west — Extreme temperatures are persisting – and even peaking – in Victoria and New South Wales on the fifth day of Australia’s extraordinary, record-breaking heatwave with Noona in western NSW recording …

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sunrise over altona pier in melbourne

Australia had third-warmest year on record in 2018

Bureau of Meteorology says average temperature was 1.14°C above average for 1961-1990, making 2018 slightly warmer than 2017 — Last year was Australia’s third-warmest year on record, with every state and territory recording above average temperatures in 2018. According to the Bureau of Meteorology’s annual climate statement, the nation’s average temperature last year was 1.14°C …

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a dust storm begins to roll into sydney

NSW dust storm: health warning as front descends on Sydney

City’s skyline changes colour as line of dust more than 500km long sweeps east — Sydney’s sky was beginning to change colour on Thursday as a thick line of dust stretching almost the entire length of New South Wales reached the city. Strong winds from a low pressure system whipped up masses of dirt across …

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