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 3:33 PM   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


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.

Warm oceans keep world on course for hottest year

Record warm oceans make it likely 2014 will be the hottest year.

Peter Hannam   Ongoing record warmth in the world’s oceans has increased the likelihood that 2014 will be declared the hottest year since reliable data began more than a century ago, US and Japanese agencies say.

Heatwave stays away for Santa's big day

Christmas is set to be mild and sunny.

Robyn Grace   Santa looks set to bring Melburnians a mild and mostly sunny Christmas Day.

Total fire ban in Canberra cancelled

ACT Emergency Services have declared a total fire ban and issued a severe fire danger rating for Tuesday.

Emma Kelly   A total fire ban has been cancelled after stormy weather brought rain to much of the Territory on Tuesday morning.

California battered by Pacific storm that triggers mudslides and floods

Buried: A TV news crew files a report behind damaged homes after a mudslide struck at least 18 homes during heavy rains in Camarillo Springs.

Steve Gorman and Michael Fleeman   Hundreds of homes have been evacuated in southern California as heavy rains and wind lash the drought-stricken area.

Storms no drought breaker for many

A low pressure trough system passing over NSW has brought wide spead, unstable weather to much of NSW including the drought ridden North West. On 'Yuma'  property owned by Neil and Anne Kennedy in Coonamble shire, severe but extremely isolated storm cells are skirting over and around their property but are receiving little water. Photograph by Dean Sewell/Oculi. Taken Sunday 7th December 2014.

Peter Hannam   Thunderstorms may have drenched Sydney and other parts of the state but many parched regions of the state largely missed out.

And the weather on Christmas Day will be...

Good weather predicted for at least the start of Christmas Day.

Peter Hannam   What weather will Santa deliver for Christmas Day?

Heatwave warnings for Marble Bar - the world's hottest town


Steve Holland   In a town regarded as one of the world's hottest, Marble Bar locals are still reminded to take care as the mercury hit 48 degrees Celsius on Monday.

Brisbane weather: Wet week ahead, starting with storms

Brisbane is expecting a wet week.

Kristian Silva   Brisbane is in for a wet start to the week, with storms likely to hit the city on Monday and rain predicted for the following four days.

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Sydney weather: brace for latest batch of thunderstorms

Sydney storm clouds gather again.

Peter Hannam   Sydneysiders are again being hammered by thunderstorms as the latest storm cells bring rain and strong wind gusts to the city.

Typhoon Hagupit threatens major flooding of Manila

Residents walk past high waves brought about by strong winds as it pound the seawall, hours before Typhoon Hagupit passes near the city of Legazpi.

Lindsay Murdoch   Slow-moving Typhoon Hagupit has weakened as it churns across the central Philippines islands, easing fears of widespread mass destruction, but officials warn the storm could still bring severe flooding to the low-lying capital Manila.

Sydney weather: Storms sweep across city for ninth consecutive day

Leftover from storms in Sydney's north-west brought more rain and thunder, and a dawn rainbow.

Megan Levy   Thunderstorms have rumbled their way across Sydney for the ninth consecutive day, with more thunder and lightning on the horizon throughout Monday morning and into the afternoon.

Typhoon Hagupit smashes into the Philippines

Wild weather: Waves brought by Typhoon Hagupit hit a concrete barrier along the Boulevard Seaport in Surigao City, southern Philippines.

Lindsay Murdoch   A giant storm is grinding across the eastern Philippines, bringing mass downpours, terrifying winds and wreaking havoc across an area still trying to recover from a super typhoon 13 months ago.

Severe storms to bypass Sydney, say forecasters

Thunderstruck: A lightning strike at Lexington Drive, Bella Vista, on Friday.

Eliza Edwards   Sydney could be spared from the brunt of a renewed storm cell building across NSW on Saturday afternoon.

Victorian springs to dry out, temperatures to rise as climate changes

Spring in Victoria won't be as accommodating for many established types of farming in the future.

Peter Hannam   Victoria’s crucial spring rains will diminish, temperatures will rise and fire danger days will increase, according to climate projections.

Storm activity over Sydney predicted to persist

The storm hitting Sydney, as seen from Pyrmont.

Peter Hannam   Sydneysiders will have to brace for a few more days of thunderstorm activity before the cycle breaks, forecasters say.

Canberra mostly dry despite severe storm warning

Storm clouds gather over Lake Burley Griffin.

Emma Kelly   Canberra missed out on a third round of thunderstorms on Friday despite a severe weather warning - but more rain is on the way.

NSW climate to become hotter, more fire danger days

Burning: The number of extreme fire weather days will likely increase in spring and summer for most of the state.

Peter Hannam   Sydney and the rest of NSW can expect shifting rainfall patterns and more extreme fire danger weather as a result of global warming, according to a model of the future climate.

Sydney weather: more storms hit

Melanie Kembrey   A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for Sydney, with hail and damaging winds likely.

Sydney weather: The picture that captures the story of city's early-season tempests

Light up: Timelapse picture of Sydney's skyline compiled on Wednesday.

Peter Hannam   Sydney’s spectacular early-season storms may just crack open a photographic career for one young New Zealander.

Farm aid in dispute as 'serious and severe' rain shortfalls hit farmers

Poor spring rains and a drier than usual summer predicted.

Peter Hannam   The Abbott government has diverted $100 million in drought loan assistance to farmers in NSW and Queensland as a widening drought threatens to stoke demand for further aid.

Here we go again? Storm warning issued for Canberra

A lightning storm across Canberra as seen from the top of Mt Ainslie. 1st December 2014.

Primrose Riordan and Emma Kelly   The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Canberra and Queanbeyan Thursday night.