Mercury plunges as Canberrans brace for weekend cold snap

A frost-coated dandelion in my front yard.

Megan Gorrey   Canberrans who shivered through one of the chilliest mornings of the year have been warned the freezing temperatures are set to continue this weekend.

Frosty nights but some joy for snow bunnies

Front Valley at Perisher has received a welcome dusting.

Peter Hannam   Sydney's run of unusually cold mornings will extend well into next week as mostly clear skies combine with light winds and a frigid air mass to sink the mercury.

Drought spreads into key farming areas as El Nino gets going

Drought conditions are spreading into the lower Murray-Darling Basin.

Peter Hannam   Australia's drought-hit regions are expanding in the lower Murray-Darling Basin as key climate influences in the Indian and Pacific oceans tilt towards drier conditions.

Cyclone Raquel to give El Nino a major kick along

Farmers, among, others have their eyes on the weather.

Peter Hannam   The chances of a powerful El Nino event this year have just been raised by the tropical cyclones forming in the western Pacific.

UK hotter than Mumbai as nation swelters in hottest July day for 160 years

Unusually warm weather in Britain and northern Europe this week.

Sarah Knapton and Victoria Ward   Britain experienced its hottest July day for 160 years on Wednesday as temperatures hit 36.7 degrees, surpassing even Mumbai in India.

Earliest cyclone confirmed in Queensland zone

Cyclone Raquel makes history.

Peter Hannam   Tropical Cyclone Raquel has formed in the south-west Pacific near the Solomon Islands, triggering the earliest cyclone warning issued on record for the Queensland zone.

Weather forecast: Cold burst coming but little joy for the snow fields

Frosty times ahead: The first of the fronts should arrive on Thursday.

Peter Hannam   Time to dig out those woollen scarves and gloves if you haven't needed them so far this winter.

Say it ain't snow: winter blues for Victorian ski resorts

An image taken by the 'Ruined Castle' camera at Falls Creek on Tuesday.

Jessica Wright   A forecast of a single day of snowfall this week will be cold comfort to Victorian ski resorts starved of the white stuff.

Pakistan heat wave death toll reaches 830

A child suffering from dehydration waits for a medical help at a hospital in Karachi on Wednesday.

Saba Imtiaz   A run of four days of punishing heat has killed several hundred people in Karachi, with temperatures soaring as high as 45C during the fasting month of Ramadan, when Muslims do not eat or drink between sunrise and sunset.

Send more snow

Smiggin Holes, shown on Wednesday, could do with a dusting.

Peter Hannam   Australia's main ski resorts are anxious for a change in the weather, with a lack of recent snow falls limiting their operations just as school holidays loom in NSW and Victoria.

El Nino could last well into 2016

This El Nino may be both strong and prolonged.

Peter Hannam   The El Nino weather pattern continues to consolidate in the Pacific with most climate models indicating it will extend well into next year, the Bureau of Meteorology said.

Perth's southern suburbs get hail as storms continue in South West

Australia is set to keep its AAA credit rating.

Ray Sparvell   It was the perfect winter weekend to stay indoors with the Perth metropolitan area drenched in rain and battered by strong winds and hail stones.

Canberra will miss grey skies this weekend

Rowers glide through mist on Lake Burley Griffin.

Emma Kelly and Lucy Bladen   The skies are clearing but the capital is set to shiver through more sub-zero temperatures.

Sydney weather: Deluge drenches city, but don't despair for weekend

Sydney is being deluged.

Megan Levy   Parts of Sydney have recorded their wettest June day in seven years - but those looking forward to getting out and about this weekend need not despair.

Twice the average monthly rainfall

</p>

Emma Kelly   A drier reprieve over the weekend will not be much warmer with sub-zero temperatures and more frost on the way.

Sydney's double rainbow-wow-wow-wow

Double rainbow at Maroubra while the sun was setting

Kate Aubusson   There's nothing like a double rainbow to get Sydneysiders to wax lyrical (or resort to multiple exclamation marks!) 

Rain wreaks havoc as Googong dam spills again and roads hit with traffic chaos

The Googong Dam, when it reached capacity in September.

Primrose Riordan and Emma Kelly   Googong dam has begun to spill again, as Wednesday's wet weather pushed it to capacity, while sporting grounds across the territory were shut and chaos reigned on Canberra's roads.

Canberra receives a month of rain in 2 days

</p>

Clare Colley and Emma Kelly   Parts of Canberra have received more than the city's June average rainfall in less than two days with more rain on the way.

Last chance for a winter swim

A man at Merewether Ocean Baths dips a toe in the water to check the temperature this morning.

Nicky Phillips   If you prefer your ocean temperature on the warm side, you had better get in quick for a final swim.

El Nino to stay for the rest of 2015: BoM

Australia is being thrown a drought curve-ball.

​The El Nino in the Pacific Ocean is likely to affect Australia's climate for the rest of the year, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.

Twin tornadoes in Colorado thunderstorm captured by photographer Kelly DeLay

Colorado superstorm

A US photographer and storm chaser has captured a spectacular photograph of twin tornadoes dwarfed by the monumental supercell thunderstorm that produced them in Colorado.

Relief from sub-zero lows to come next week

A nippy start to the day with users of Lake Burley Griffin taking in the glorious scene.

Georgina Connery   Top daily temperatures are on the rise for rest of the long weekend as clear skies and sunshine take the edge off the chilly start to winter.

Fog 'tsunami' stuns onlookers in New Jersey

Tsunami look-alike: The fog wave rolled in to Sea Girt, New Jersey, on Sunday, stunning onlookers.

Michael Koziol   It was an on-water sighting to strike fear into the hardiest of weather watchers - a tsunami rolling in to the coastal region of Sea Girt, New Jersey, on the US east coast.

Bright start for ski season this weekend

Snowman at the bottom of the slopes at Thredbo.

Peter Hannam   Good snow cover should give early-season skiers a decent run but the brewing El Niño may make for a bumpy winter for the resorts.

Melbourne shivers through coldest day in a year

adb011211.001.001
For Age News
Christine Auriant  from Thomas town wondering if the weather will ever improve, as she window shops at Nicola, on Greville Street, Prahran.
Pic:Alan Betson

Aisha Dow and Marissa Calligeros   After an icy afternoon shower, Thursday has been officially declared the coldest day of the year.

Cold, frosty mornings to continue before a warm long weekend

Frosty foliage.

Emma Kelly   Canberrans have spent more time shivering through sub-zero temperatures than enjoying the sunshine recently but the capital is set for a mild reprieve over the long weekend.

El Niño's perverse effect on sea levels

Look closely and you may see changes under way at your local beach as the El Nino gets going.

Peter Hannam   El Niños are well known for unleashing droughts, hotter-than-usual weather and paradoxically worse frosts but they also drive remarkable changes to global sea levels.

Feeling the cold? You're not wrong

Falls Creek

Robyn Grace & Aisha Dow   Winter got off to a freezing start on Monday, equalling Tullamarine's coldest morning since 1971 and almost beating the city's coldest start since 1977.

Sydney weather: city shivers through coldest June morning in five years

Cold clear nights and low humidity are   the perfect combination for Thredbo to fire up the snowmaking

Megan Levy   Winter is just two days young, but it's already making its mark on a shivering Sydney.

Sydney weather: Winter arrives with icy blast, snow at alpine resorts

Perisher's Olympic Run just before 8am on Monday.

Megan Levy   It"s the first day of winter, and it's freezing, the themometer says.