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Weather News - WA's southwest set for another round of wind and rain

Kim Westcott, 23 May 2016

Another bout of wild weather is set to move over Western Australia this evening.

Residents of WA's southwest were left battered on Saturday after a powerful cold front moved in. Some places saw gusts of 100km/h which pulled down trees and powerlines, leaving many without power. Parts of the southwest also recorded 50mm or more of rain over weekend.

Another cold front is set to sweep over the southwest again, bringing further wind and rain. A Severe Weather Warning has been issued for the Lower West, South West, South Coastal and Great Southern for the cold front that will arrive late tonight and move through in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

Wind gusts may reach 100km/h again, with isolated areas possibly seeing gusts in excess of 125km/h. Heavy rain is also a risk, with widespread falls of 25mm. Areas south of Perth may see totals closer to 50mm. Higher than normal tides may also threaten low-lying coastal areas around high tide on Tuesday morning, with the surf likely to be dangerous.

Residents are encouraged to make preparations such as storing loose outdoor items, have an emergency kit handy and ensure pets and animals are in a safe area.

Wild conditions will ease quickly once the front passes through on Tuesday, although cooler days and patchy showers remain on the cards for the next few days.

- Weatherzone

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Weather News - Frost snaps into gear across NSW

Kim Westcott, 25 May 2016

This morning left many people wishing they could stay in bed as Jack Frost knocked on the door.

In the Northern Tablelands, Glen Innes Airport dropped to nearly minus eight degrees, which is its coldest May morning since 2006. At Inverell, the mercury briefly dipped below freezing for the second morning in a row.

While it is not unusual to see temperatures drop overnight as we head into winter, it is certainly a shock to the system compared to the recent warm nights.

Murwillumbah residents will have certainly noticed the drop in temperature, with an 11 degree difference between yesterday morning and this morning.

Mudgee in the Central Tablelands dropped to minus one in the early hours - the last time it was this cold was in September last year.

In the ACT, the temperature finally dropped below freezing for the first time this year. By this time last year, Canberra already had seen sub zero temperatures eight times.

Even Sydney-siders were struggling this morning as the mercury finally dipped below the long-term May average of 11.6 degrees, which was the first time this month. Parts of western Sydney saw their coldest morning so far this year. Richmond recorded 0.5 degrees, its coldest morning since August. Homebush also saw their coldest morning since August with 4.9 degrees.

Clear skies combining with a cool airmass helped the temperature to plummet before sunrise. With winds remaining light, the cold dense air settled in.

Cloud will slowly build over the state today ahead of a low pressure trough. With the addition of this cloud, a warmer morning is likely on Thursday. For some, the sound of raindrops on the roof may also warrant a sleep in.

After another strong cold front on Saturday, frost is likely to return as early as Sunday.

- Weatherzone

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Weather News - Melbourne in for cold, wet end to May

Kim Westcott, 24 May 2016

Like many other cities, Melbourne hasn't really felt much autumn weather, but that will quickly change.

Typically in May, Melbourne can expect mornings around nine degrees and days to warm up to 17 degrees.

So far this May, things have been very different. Both mornings and days have largely remained warmer than average, with temperatures trending over three degrees above the norm.

Although there is a large cool change on its way, and it's just in time for the end of the month. By Wednesday afternoon, rain will move over Melbourne, where it will persist into Thursday. Rainfall is likely to be in the region of 5-15mm on Thursday, bringing the city even closer to the May average.

Ample cloud will limit the daytime heating, with the mercury likely to stop at 15 degrees on Thursday, potentially bringing with it the coldest day since September. As the rain eases to showers on Friday, it could be even colder as the brisk air trailing behind the front finally catches up.

Over the weekend and into next week temperatures look to remain cool as we head into our first days of winter, this time with a more seasonal feel.

- Weatherzone

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