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Australia: Extreme weather in pictures

Following months of severe drought, parts of eastern Australia have been hit by flooding and hailstorms after dust storms swept though drought-stricken areas.

A child running towards a dust storm in Mullengudgery in New South Wales Image copyright Marcia Macmillan / AFP
Image caption A dust storm hits Mullengudgery in New South Wales.
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Storm clouds gather over Sydney Harbour on January 20 Image copyright AFP
Image caption Storm clouds gather over Sydney Harbour.
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Rain begins to fall on drought and fire-ravaged country near Tamworth, New South Wales Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption Heavy rain falls on drought-hit areas in New South Wales such as Tamworth, leading to flooding in some areas.
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A car is seen travelling through flooded streets in Surry Hills, Sydney. 20 Jan Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption In Sydney, streets have been flooded.
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A staff member carrying koalas during a flash flood at the Australian Reptile Park in Somersby, north of Sydney. 17 Jan Image copyright Australian Reptile Park / AFP
Image caption At the Australian Reptile Park in Somersby, north of Sydney, a staff member carries koalas during a flash flood.
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In this still image taken from video, hail falls in Canberra. 20 Jan Image copyright Joanne Carvolth / Reuters
Image caption Meanwhile, the capital Canberra faced a hailstorm.
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Golf ball-sized hail is shown at Parliament House in Canberra on January 20 Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption Giant hail fell outside Parliament House in Canberra.
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A man holds golf ball-size hail at Parliament House after a severe hail storm hit Canberra Image copyright EPA
Image caption It was the size of golf balls.
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People look at hail stones on the ground after a severe hail storm at Parliament House Image copyright EPA
Image caption The ice melted quickly after the storm.
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Damaged cars are seen parked outside Old Parliament House after a hail storm hit Canberra Image copyright EPA
Image caption The aftermath left broken windows and left some cars with minor damage to windscreens and bodywork.

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