Thunder and rain lead to a warm and wet summer in Canberra

A thunderstorm goes around the Narrabundah Ball Park.

Ben Westcott 11:00 PM   Thunder crashing and the splash of rain have been the hallmarks of a Canberra summer in 2015, as the ACT swelters through another warm and wet start to the year.

Sydney weather: A summer for night owls not beach towels

A wet, sometimes wild summer for many along the NSW coast.

Peter Hannam   It may not have felt like summer but Sydney has had another warmer-than-average season with nights particularly balmy.

Sydney weather: deluge soaks commuters during peak hour

Sydney copped a 10 minute drenching today.

Megan Levy   Sydneysiders copped a drenching during the Friday morning commute, with more than eight millimetres of rain falling on the city in just 10 minutes.

Severe thunderstorm in Canberra could spark flooding, damage

Lightning

Canberra barely felt a drop of rain Tuesday evening despite a severe thunderstorm warning for the capital.

Storms sweep across Melbourne

It's warm, but Melbourne could be in for a stormy afternoon.

Robyn Grace, Marissa Calligeros   The worst of the afternoon storms has passed Melbourne for the day, weather forecasters say.

Cyclone means great surf for the Gold Coast, big swells in Sydney

GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 19:  Surfers head out Snapper Rocks as Cyclone Maria approaches the coast of Queensland on February 19, 2015 in Gold Coast, Australia. Cyclone Maria is a category  4 storm expected to hit central Queensland between Mackay and Gladstone early Friday morning.  (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images) *** BESTPIX ***

Luke Malpass   Cyclone Marcia be sweeping through the northern parts of Queensland, but further south at Snapper Rocks and Kirra Heads in Coolangatta on Queensland's Gold Coast it just means great waves for the local surfers.

Crowd map real-time disaster with mobile app as cyclones close in

Cyclone Marcia has crossed the Queensland coast near Yeppoon.

Hannah Francis   Citizens are turning to each other for help when disaster strikes by mapping their own observations about fires, floods, cyclones and more using an Australian-first app.

Twin severe cyclones a 'first' for Australia

Angry eye: VIIRS infrared imagery from @NASANPP of Cyclone Marcia as it approaches the eastern coast of Australia.

Peter Hannam   Australia’s northern coasts are being battered by two severe tropical cyclones on Friday, the first time meteorologists have seen twin storms of such intensity making near-simultaneous landfall.

Cyclone Marcia: Climate change is expanding the tropics

Waves crash into a breakwall after Tropical Cyclone Marcia made landfall near Yeppoon.

Peter Hannam   The southward shift of cyclones under climate change will force planners to demand stronger building standards as far south as Coffs Harbour on the NSW coast, according to Steve Turton, a Cairns-based climatologist.

North-eastern NSW on flood watch as Cyclone Marcia bears down on Queensland

Emergency services  put sand bags in place in Brisbane.

Megan Levy and Peter Hannam   Parts of the north-eastern NSW are expected to be lashed by heavy rain and possible flash flooding from a trough associated with Cyclone Marcia, a powerful Category 5 storm that is expected to make landfall in Queensland on Friday morning.

Cyclone Marcia: How storm took forecasters by surprise

The intense eye of Cyclone Marcia as it neared the Queensland coast.

Peter Hannam   Forecasters were predicting a category 2-sized storm before tropical Cyclone Marcia suddenly intensified.

Cyclone Marcia: What is a category 5 cyclone?

Cyclone Marcia has crossed the Queensland coast near Yeppoon.

Megan Levy   Cyclone Marcia was upgraded to a category-five storm classified as a 

Cyclone Lam picks up speed towards NT coast

Projected path of Lam.

Tropical Cyclone Lam is picking up speed as it continues to move along the Northern Territory's coast.

Hot January extends run of record worldwide warmth

A roof repairer works under the midday sun in Gilbert, Arizona.

Peter Hannam   Worldwide temperatures are showing little sign of easing back from 2014’s record levels with January matching the warmest tallies for the month in 125 years of data.

Late-season cyclone could help coral reef

Lowering risk: Cyclones can stir up cooler water and make it less clear, reducing the amount of sunlight that reaches the sea floor.

Peter Hannam   The threat of major coral bleaching in the Great Barrier Reef looks to be receding with the onset of stormier weather.

Summer of discontent at BOM

Umbrella

Noel Towell   Bureau of Meteorology is battling to do its job after years of government-imposed funding cuts

Sydney stuck in the sub-tropics

Hot spot: students may need to cool down.

Peter Hannam   Sydney’s weather looks to be stuck into a sub-tropical funk, prompting some schools to recommend students don cooler clothing.

National Multicultural Festival a weekend of wet, muggy weather

People rest in the shade at the Multicultural Festival in 2013.

Emma Kelly   Festival goers might be ducking for cover over the weekend with rain on the way.

Turmoil in the capital sets up city for a rainy week

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

Primrose Riordan   Parliament's return has brought the rain with it - there's a high chance of showers later this week.

Found: Melbourne's missing summer

Brisbane will sweat through searing heat on Sunday.

Robyn Grace   Pump up the air-conditioning, Melbourne is sick of your complaints. Summer will finish in fine form with a few weeks of hot weather across the state.

Sydneysiders treated to beach weather before big wet

Sunscreen weather: Sunday is set to bring warmer temperatures with it.

Su-Lin Tan   Several cool nights last week had Sydneysiders asking, “Is summer over?”

Australia to bake as western heat heads east

A summer blast of heat is headed for the east and south of Australia.

Peter Hannam   Summer will return with a vengeance to much of southern Australia in coming days as an intense build-up of heat spreads east.

El Nino forecasts flop as puzzled scientists hunt for answers

Temperature changes in the Pacific can be difficult to read.

Brian K. Sullivan   When it comes to El Nino, 2014-15 may be the years that launched a thousand academic papers.

Summer's longest burst of heat coming our way

Some good beach weather ahead - beat the rush.

Peter Hannam   Much of Australia, including western NSW, is likely to experience a warm couple of weeks as a slow-moving high pressure system fosters a build-up of heat over the continent.

2014 was world's hottest in 134 years of records, UN's WMO says

WMO declares 2014 to be world's hottest year.

Alex Morales   Last year was the hottest recorded in data stretching back to 1880, the United Nations said, confirming a preliminary figure released in December.

'It's about as warm as it gets'

Back in the swim: enticing sea temperatures at Sunday's 2015 Cole Classic.

Peter Hannam   Don’t store away the beach towels just yet, with balmy waters and warming day-time temperatures set to return by the weekend.

'Feels like Autumn': Canberra's coldest January in 15 years

Cold.

Primrose Riordan and Emma Kelly   Canberra has just shivered through the coolest run of January weather since 2000.

'It's a monster': Surfers delight as huge swells arrive off Sydney

Surfers' paradise: The scene at Clovelly on Friday morning.

It will be a surfer's paradise along the NSW coast today, as swells of up to 3.5 metres arrive off the coast of Sydney.

Time to cut our meteorologists some slack

Time to cut our BoM some slack.

Peter Hannam   Meteorology is arguably a magnet for more than its fair share of myths. Here's why we are increasingly wrong about forecasting failures.

Heat, dry to linger in most of Australia until the autumn, bureau says

Coonamble farmer Neil Kennedy on his drought hit "Kuma" station property late last year.

Warmer and drier weather is expected well into autumn across most of Australia.