Where has our summer disappeared to?

Wet weather caused lots of standing water on Canberra's
roads.

Henry Belot   Canberra hasn't seen any heatwaves this summer, but that doesn't mean it hasn't been a hot one.

Sydney wakes to a thunderstorm alarm clock

Thunderstorms are expected to continue in Sydney on Wednesday.

Lucy Cormack   If you woke to the sound of thunder early this morning be prepared for it to continue throughout the day.

Mud larking in the Red Centre

Tommy Prow swims in the now filled Ilparpa Claypans, currently Alice's own "Lake District".

Peter Hannam   Unseasonal rains across central Australia are helping to fill Lake Eyre and are providing some unusual recreational activities for residents of Alice Springs.

Mercury may near 50 degrees in parts of Australia this week

Red hot: parts of WA are heading for days in the high-40s.

Peter Hannam and Matthew Burgess   An intense heat trough over the country’s north-west may bring Australia’s first observation of 50-degree temperatures in 17 years, forecasters say.

Tibooburra broils as hottest town in NSW in 2014

Heat wave: Tibooburra was the state's hottest place in 2014.

Pallavi Singhal   Destination NSW's promise of a "warm country welcome" for visitors to Tibooburra has rarely rung as true, with the outback town ranked as the state's hottest place in what was the warmest year globally on record.

Sydney weather offers a break for those stuck in the city

Cronulla beach on a perfect morning.

Peter Hannam   Sydney weather is tipped to warm for the weekend after a couple of milder days on Thursday and Friday. Peter Hannam reports.

Hot day for Sydney but some beaches worth avoiding

Beachy day - although at Coogee you may want to stay out of the water.

Peter Hannam   Another good beach day beckons for Sydney but not all stretches of sand are equal after the recent rains raise pollution risks.

Melbourne braces for heavy rain, flooding

Some parts of Victoria could get more than double their monthly rainfall average.

Patrick Hatch and Liam Mannix   Melbourne is bracing for flooding as a huge storm moves across the state, with falls of 50 milimetres in the city's north-east suburbs likely on Saturday morning.

Stormy weather to continue before major downpour

Mammatus clouds over Tuggeranong.

Emma Kelly   More thunderstorms expected in the territory this week before a drenching of up 100 millimetres of rain.

Canberra sweltered through third- warmest year in 2014

Storm brewing: Robert Gasparini from Sydney photographs dark clouds as they travel towards the National Arboretum.

Natasha Boddy   Canberra sweltered through three heatwaves last year and 2014 was the ACT's third-warmest year on record for maximum temperatures.

Sydney weather: Record warm year with few cold spells

Another hot year for Sydney.

Peter Hannam   If you thought Sydney had been warm over the past year or so, you’d be right.

Nation's third hottest year: 2014

2014 was another hot year for Australia.

Peter Hannam   Australia has capped two years of extraordinary warmth with 2014 declared the third hottest on record just 12 months after 2013 smashed annual highs, the Bureau of Meteorology said.

Warm year points to what will come

Cycle: Australia – and the world – is warming up.

Peter Hannam   Australia’s shifting climate continues to move in a direction that is unfavourable to many.

Another thunderstorm amid weather warning

rain storm umbrella

Canberra receives another drenching Monday afternoon.

Rain may ease South Australian and Victorian fire threat

A fire in Hastings, south-east Melbourne, during Saturday's heat.

Peter Hannam   The severity of the threat posed by bushfires and another heatwave moving across south-eastern Australia hinges largely on a tricky-to-predict low-pressure system off the Kimberley region of WA, meteorologists say.

Shark warning for beachgoers as 40-degree heat hits Perth

A 40-degree day means big crowds are expected at Perth beaches on Monday.

Brendan Foster   With Perth set to sizzle on Monday, the Department of Fisheries is warning beachgoers to be extra cautious after a number of tagged sharks were detected by the monitoring networks along the metropolitan coast.

Heat is on Abbott over climate change as world turns

Parched properties: The risk of bushfires, like this near Lithgow last October, is elevated in a heatwave.

Peter Hannam   This could be the year of extinction for the climate-change denier, writes Peter Hannam.

Sand shifters battle it out for honours

South coast activities. The annual sand modelling competition at Broulee Beach. Hundreds gather to build their creations.

Megan Gorrey   Beach-goers used weapons of sand, salt water and seaweed as they battled to create the south coast's best sandcastles and sculptures at Broulee.

Another hot, dry year for Canberra

Sunset over Lake Burley Griffin, by Vishal Pandey.

Markus Mannheim   Canberra mean temperatures are likely to be among the warmest on record.

Our wild year: stormy, mostly dry and exceptionally warm

Endless summer: A Bondi swimmer enjoys warmer temperatures that lasted well into May.

Peter Hannam   The calm, mild final few days of 2014 being lapped up by Sydneysiders and the throngs of tourists belie a year of weather extremes for the city.

Sydney New Year's Eve: weather predictions

People scrambled early for a prime position at Kirribilli last New Year's Eve and are expected to do the same this year.

Josh Dye   It's the crucial aspect in planning your New Year's Eve celebrations. It can turn a good night into an average one. It might even make you stay home.

Dry conditions for New Year's Eve

Sydney fireworks: expect good conditions for the big night.

Peter Hannam   There’s good news on the weather front for the bumper crowds expected to pack Sydney’s harbour fringes for New Year’s Eve fireworks with near-perfect conditions forecast for the night.

Cloudy with a chance of raindeer

Christmas Day in Canberra will get off to a sunny start but thunderstorms and showers are forecast for the afternoon.

Natasha Boddy   Short, sharp and festive showers were already hitting Canberra at 10.30am on Christmas Day as forecasts predicted a high chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon.

All-day showers for Christmas in Sydney

Showers are forecast for Christmas day.

Pallavi Singhal   The winds have shifted for Christmas Day weather in Sydney, with an updated forecast showing all-day showers across Sydney and thunderstorms in the west.

Christmas sunny despite gloomy lead-up

Santa

Liam Mannix   Despite a somewhat gloomy lead-up, Christmas day is set to be warm and sunny.

NSW South Coast issued with severe thunderstorm warning

A severe weather warning has been issued for Sydney.

Scott Parker   Sydney's severe thunderstorm warnings have moved south and are now relevant for people in the South Coast and parts of the Illawarra, Southern Tablelands, Central West Slopes and Plains, Lower Western, Upper Western and Snowy Mountains Forecast Districts.

Rocky ride for Santa as thunderstorms forecast

Alice, 7, Matthew, 10, and Laura, 9, of Canberra enjoy ice-cream by the lake to cool down on Sunday.

Georgina Connery, Clare Colley and Henry Belot   Thunderstorms roll into Canberra replacing a weekend of sunshine and soaring temperatures.

Warm Christmas Day, but expect afternoon showers

The ocean today is warmer, and sea levels higher, than at any time since the instrumental record began.

Pallavi Singhal   Lunchtime barbecues and beach plans on Christmas Day are looking good to go ahead, with sunshine and warm temperatures expected to hold out until the late afternoon. 

South-east Queensland left battered by storms

The view from New Farm as the storm rolls in.

South-east Queensland is mopping up after being battered by a line of intense thunderstorms that cut power to more than 27,000 homes and businesses.

Sydney weather: Dry, gusty thunderstorms headed for the city

Another stormy afternoon ahead for much of Sydney.

Peter Hannam   Gusty winds buffeted parts of Sydney late on Tuesday as a band of dry thunderstorms moved across parts of eastern NSW.