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Extreme weather set to continue across Australia

Extreme weather patterns have hit Australia with tropical cyclones, snow and heatwaves this month — but the weirdness was set to continue with an active monsoonal trough over north Queensland and a storm front heading for Sydney. Thunderstorms and heavy rain lashed Sydney, the NSW south coast and parts of the state's inland. The storm dumped more than 100mm of rain over one hour in what the Bureau of Meteorology described as a "ONE IN 20-YEAR EVENT". The continuing La Nina pattern has brought above-average rains and cooler temperatures this summer. But that pattern has been twisted to extremes over eastern Australia, with cyclone activity and flooding over Rockhampton and Mackay in Queensland, as well as a cold front in Tasmania that brought snow on the weekend. West Australians meanwhile are sweltering under a heatwave that saw temperatures soar over 35 degrees in recent days. "Thunderstorms are pretty common at this time of the year, but we're seeing all sorts of other things too."
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