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New service to improve safety for rock fishers, boaters and swimmers

21/07/2017 - NSW

A new weather warning issued for the first time this week is aimed at enhancing the safety of rock fishers, boaters and swimmers in and around coastal waters.

The Hazardous Surf Warning service has been launched by the Bureau of Meteorology to alert the public when conditions are dangerous for rock fishing, boating or swimming due to wave height and swells created by weather systems far off the coast.

Manager Weather Services for New South Wales, Jane...

Bureau of Meteorology continuing to deliver forecasts and warnings during industrial action

19/07/2017 - National

The Bureau of Meteorology will continue to deliver timely forecasts and warnings during the period of protected industrial action that the Community and Public Sector Union has advised its members will apply from Thursday 20 July 2017 to Wednesday 9 August 2017.

Forecasts and warnings are available at and through the Bureau’s mobile app.

The Bureau has robust procedures and practices in place to ensure services essential for the safety... read more...

See lightning in a flash - new lightning viewer on Bureau website

05/07/2017 - National

The Bureau of Meteorology has released a 'cracking' new lightning viewer available at

This lightning detection service has been added as a viewing option or 'layer' for the Bureau’s high definition Himawari satellite cloud viewer and is updated every 10 minutes.

The Bureau's General Manager Data Dr Anthony Rea said the addition of a near real-time information lightning service can help people... read more...

Bureau of Meteorology climate outlooks for July to September 2017

29/06/2017 - National

The Bureau of Meteorology's monthly and seasonal climate outlooks for July to September 2017 are now available.

In the months ahead:

  • Below average rainfall is likely in parts of the southeast and southwest of the country.
  • Warmer-than-average days and nights are likely for much of Australia.
  • Climate influences include higher-than-average pressure over southern Australia.