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Breaking Weather News - Catastrophic Fire Danger for the EuclaDrew Casper-Richardson, 7 December 2013
Very hot, dry and windy conditions have caused the issue of a Catastrophic Fire Danger for the Eucla in Western Australia.
A trough has been lingering over Western Australia in recent days, triggering widespread heavy rain and storms over northern and central parts. On Saturday, the trough will filter a very hot airmass over states southeast and bring fresh to strong northwest winds over the region.
The combination of these conditions are ripe for fires to spread rapidly and be difficult to bring under the control. This has lead to the Catastrophic Fire Danger being issued for the Eucla, the highest Fire Danger rating. In the Eucla, temperatures will reach the mid-to-high thirties with northwest winds gusting to 60-70km/h.
Further north, the Gascoyne, Goldfields and northeast parts of the Central Wheat Belt will be under a Severe Fire Danger as winds will be lighter than in the Eucla.
On Sunday, conditions will ease as a change moves through the region, bringing cooler conditions. Southerly windS will remain gusty though and may may reach 45-55km/h at times.
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Breaking Weather News - Stunning weekend on Australia's east coastBen McBurney, 7 December 2013
A broad region of high pressure is creating the quintessential conditions in the region with sunny and warm weather throughout.
Along the New South Wales coast, temperatures will push into the low-to-mid 20s on Saturday, however by Sunday they should begin to rise into the mid-to-high 20s.
Sydney can look forward to a top of 25 degrees on Saturday, and 27 degrees on Sunday.
In Queensland, temperatures will be in the high 20s to low 30s along much of the coast which will be moderated by gusty afternoon seabreezes.
Brisbane can expect to see a comfortable top of 27 degrees on Saturday, and 28 degrees on Sunday.
Only QLD's tropical coast can expect showers this weekend, however they should be separated by plenty of sunshine, while daytime temperatures will still push into the low 30s.
However, those keen to head down to the beach to enjoy the stunning weather should be weary of large surf, with anywhere from the Gold Coast right down to the NSW South Coast likely to see powerful conditions. While this will be a hit with surfers, others should remember to swim between the flags.
The warm weather will persist into early next week, however conditions will become unsettled from about mid-week as a low pressure trough moves over the region.
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Breaking Weather News - Wild winds lash NSWJamie-Louise Morrison, 6 December 2013
Strong winds battered New South Wales yesterday, with some places receiving their strongest wind gusts in seven years.
A strong cold front that swept across the state saw widespread vigorous wind gusts, particularly in central parts.
Mudgee and Bathurst on the Central Tablelands saw wind gusts of 83km/h and 87km/h respectively, their strongest in four years. Orange also recorded a wind squall of 91km/h, it's strongest since 2010.
The winds didn't go unnoticed in Sydney, with Campbelltown seeing its strongest gusts in six years, reaching 106km/h. At Badgerys Creek, squalls reached up to 93km/h, the strongest in seven years. At Camden, temperatures dropped just seven degrees in half an hour as the winds hit.
The reason behind the intense winds was due to a very strong thermal gradient between the north and south of the nation, with Brisbane seeing temperatures of 35 degrees and the Alps being so cold that there was snow. It was the exchange of the air masses between these two diverse temperatures that caused the brisk blows.
Strong winds are not expected for the next coming days as a high pressure system moves over the state, producing generally sunny and warm conditions for most parts.
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