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Weather alert: severe warnings across Victoria

Patrick Hatch The worst is over for Melbourne, but don’t expect life to get any drier.

The bush therapist

Michael Oates, Mental Health worker.

Chris Johnston It's a never-ending road for Michael Oates, helping the mentally ill.

Readers young and old have embraced the challenge

Katelan Campbell and daughter Milla

John Elder Victorian families are reaping the benefit of the Premier's Reading Challenge.

Olle would approve


There was plenty of love in the room when Lisa Wilkinson became only the second woman to present the prestigious Andrew Olle Media Lecture

Fire fears for Victoria as temperatures soar

Darren Gray Fire authorities have warned that northern Victoria is dry enough to suffer a major fire before Christmas and have likened the conditions this season to summers in the 1970s and '80s in which fatal...

50 train services to be cut as buckling heat looms

New tracks will separate metro and regional trains at the city's busiest junction.

Catherine Chisholm and Stephen Cauchi Commuters will face train cancellations and delays over the next few days to cope with the sizzling weather forecast to hit Melbourne.

Victorian firefighters battle tricky winds across state

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Goya Dmytryshchak and Rania Spooner Firefighters battle through the night to control blazes in the far north of Victoria, as a cool wind change moved across the state bringing gusts of up to 70km/h and threatening worsened conditions.

Squally cool change blows away scorching temperatures


Stephen Cauchi, Goya Dmytryshchak Gale force winds that hit Melbourne this afternoon bought with it a cool change.

Fire bans likely in Victoria on New Year's Day

Goya Dmytryshchak Victoria's fire services will decide on Monday if total fire bans will be declared for New Year's Day.

Temperature to plummet as cool change makes its way across Victoria

Hot Melbourne night St Kilda beach

Stephen Cauchi, Caroline Zielinski and Alana Schetzer The long-awaited cool change has arrived in Melbourne ending a record-breaking heatwave in Victoria.

Cool change comes at last

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 16:  A child plays in the water fountain in the heat during day four of the 2014 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 16, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Clay Lucas Finally the cool change the entire city had been waiting has arrived.

Victoria's road toll rises after two cars collide

Stephen Cauchi Victoria's appalling spate of recent road accidents continued on Friday night with a fatal crash south-east of Melbourne.

Two die in separate car crashes

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Jessica Wright Two men have been killed in separate motoring accidents on rural roads, taking the Victorian road toll to 135.

Five road deaths in four days prompt police warning

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Adrian Lowe Police have urged drivers to take more care on the roads, with another death taking the state's "tragic" toll to five in just four days.

Wild night as wind causes chaos across Melbourne

Melbourne has been lashed by wild winds.

Adrian Lowe Residents across Melbourne are cleaning up after wild winds of more than 100km/h hit the city overnight, uprooting trees and power lines and leaving rubbish and debris strewn across roads and paths.

'Sighting' of missing Donny gives family hope

Dan Oakes The family of 16-year-old Donald Govan, who went missing from an Echuca camping ground two months ago, are hopeful he might be found after a man came forward to say he gave a lift to a hitch-hiker...

Fatal crash sparks anger over motorists

Abbotts Road Railway crossing, fatal truck and train crash.

Adam Carey Reeling from the biggest crash on Melbourne's railway network in years, Metro train drivers are angry with the behaviour of some drivers who try to out-race boom gates at level crossings, the train...

Three dead in overnight crashes

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Stephen Cauchi Three people have died in separate incidents in a horror night on Victoria's regional roads.

Train driver finds motorcyclist dead near tracks

Adrian Lowe Police are investigating a motorcyclist's death last night after his body was found near a train line in the state's north.

The heat is off: cool change brings relief

Michael Lallo Melbourne's temperature dropped by 13 degrees in 20 minutes this afternoon after a high of 37 degrees.