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Ben Westcott

Ben Westcott is a reporter at The Canberra Times.

Canberra on track for a record late-autumn heatwave

Henry Belot and Ben Westcott Canberra is forecast to break a 67-year-old record for a late-autumn heatwave on Thursday with temperatures expected to pass 17 degrees for the 11th consecutive day.

ACT weather expected to stay unusually warm this week

NEWS: The sunsets over Lake Burley Griffin as temperatures hit above 30 degrees in Canberra . 18th December 2013. Photo by MELISSA ADAMS of The Canberra Times.

Ben Westcott Warm days and cold nights are on the way for the ACT, as a high pressure system off the Australian coast keeps Canberra skies clear and winds light.

Wet weather to bring up to 50mm of rain to Canberra region


Ben Westcott Emergency Services have responded to 43 calls for help as parks, sporting fields, roads and dams close.

Fog, rain and thunderstorms make for a wet weekend

Grab the brollie! (Thumbnail)

Ben Westcott Fog, rain and potential thunderstorms will cap off a wet week for Canberra, with more than 70mm of rain falling on the territory so far in March.

Wild weather diverts planes to Canberra Airport

Storm Sunday night

Henry Belot and Ben Westcott Canberra is set for a wet and wild week with rainfall and grey skies to linger until the weekend.

Saturday storms won't put off Canberra's big weekend

Dinner En Blanc

Ben Westcott Heavy rain and a chance of thunderstorms hasn't deterred organisers of Canberra's big weekend events, with Diner En Blanc and Ben and Jerry's Open Air Cinema among the events still planned to go...

Slide arrives as temperatures take a dip

Tom Dean and Sam Tredgold from Radford College at Big Splash enjoy the new waterslide which has finally been approved for use.

Ben Westcott The ACT may have had its hottest summer on record, but it comes too late for the owners of Canberra water park Big Splash where new water slides have only just been approved.

Severe weather warning for ACT

NCH NEWS. The wet weather continues in Newcastle. People walking through Civic Park in the rain.
29th NOVEMBER 2013. Picture by SIMONE DE PEAK.

Ben Westcott Authorities have lifted a severe weather warning for the ACT region, saying the immediate threat had passed.

Wet week means green days for Canberra

NEWS: City operations officer Raymond Russell has been mowing lawns since he was 16 years of age. Pic shows Raymond at Glebe Park, Canberra. 25th February 2014. Photo by Melissa Adams of The Canberra Times.

Ben Westcott It's been an unusually wet February in the territory, with storms over the past week almost doubling the ACT's average rainfall for the month.

Canberra's most heat-vulnerable suburbs revealed

Street trees on Batman St Braddon.

Ben Westcott Some of Canberra’s inner-city suburbs are the most heat-vulnerable in the territory, despite the benefits of their leafy tree-lined streets, new research shows.

Canberrans survey the damage after severe storms

SES work at a home in Conningham st, Gowrie to stabalise a pergola damaged in yesterday's storms.

Ben Westcott Canberra’s emergency services were out in force on Thursday, cleaning up after one of the ACT’s most severe thunderstorms in years.

Thunderstorms, heavy hail hit Canberra

Cathy Breen- Summer rain.

Ben Westcott A series of brief but intense storms made their way across the ACT on Wednesday.

Canberra plans for a wet and wild weekend

Electrical storm over Canberra.

Ben Westcott Canberra will be getting wet and wild over the weekend, with the territory's first significant summer rainfall failing to dampen plans for a number of big weekend events.

Meerkats paint for charity at National Zoo

The National Zoo and Aquarium will be holding its Wildlife Art exhibition in the Aquarium over the coming weekend.

Ben Westcott It mightn't be Monet, but the National Zoo and Aquarium's budding meerkat artists are sure to give the Canberra arts community paws for thought.

Canberra gets one-fifth the rainfall, four times the heat

Rick Connolly owner operator of Green Samurai horticultural talking about how much gardens are suffering in Canberra due to the hot and dry conditions.

Ben Westcott Canberra trees are losing their leaves in shock and gardens are ''going to hell'', after one of the hottest and driest summers the ACT has seen in years.

Hot weather burns across Canberra

At Dickson Pool on 11 January 2013, staring my nephew, Xavier McDonald, age 2.5.

Ben Westcott It's the second day of another potentially record-breaking heat wave and Canberrans are already sweating in the heat.

Trapped joey rescued by Queanbeyan firefighters


Ben Westcott A tired and wet joey who had fallen into an abandoned dam was rescued by Queanbeyan rural firefighters near Wagga Wagga on Tuesday.

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Water restrictions not yet on the (dusty) horizon

George Powell, 8, and Felix Powell, 5, from Kambah playing at the National Arboretum Canberra in front of the art work Wide Brown Land.

Ben Westcott Canberra is a long way off water restrictions even though last week's heatwave and a dry start to the year have the bush capital's gardeners reaching for their hoses.

Shark attack survivor slams 'stupid' shark cull

Paul de Gelder

Ben Westcott A navy clearance diver who lost a leg and a forearm in a shark attack has come out against the Western Australian shark cull, describing it as "stupid" and a "knee-jerk reaction".

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Canberra soaks up double monthly rain average

Canberra Times Readers Winter Photocomp 2013
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From: Allan Sharp <>
Date: 24 June 2013 18:39

Subject: Photocomp entry
Attached is the following entry for the Winter Photo comp.
Submitted by: Allan Sharp

48/87 Crozier Circuit

Kambah ACT 2902

Photo title: Title: ?Rainy Monday: Lake Burley Griffin.

Photo taken from the promenade near the High Court

Date: 24 June 2013
Allan Sharp

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Ben Westcott Canberrans have had a wet and warm June - breaking a streak of dry winters with more than double the month’s average rainfall.