It seemed like it might never arrive.
Its absence was probably even welcome, in a way.
But there's no doubt it's back now.
It might be late, but summer has arrived and doesn't it want you to know all about it.
Much of Australia's south-east is set to endure at least two sweaty night in a row as a heatwave sets in.
In NSW on Sunday afternoon, temperatures had already risen to 37C in Sydney's west and 41C at Hay in the state's western Riverina region.
While the mercury is reaching for the heavens, the hotspell has brought some tragic reminders about the risks associated with our waterways.
Two men have drowned in separate incidents in Victoria, as authorities appeal for people to stay safe in the water ahead of this week's public holiday.
A man was on the water with another man at Anglesea, south-west of Melbourne, on Saturday afternoon when the boat tipped and sent them both overboard.
The other drowning involved a man pulled from Thirteenth Beach at Barwon Heads, near Geelong, on Saturday afternoon after he encountered difficulty while swimming.
Meanwhile, bystanders were praised for their quick thinking assisting a 58-year-old man who'd been attacked by a shark near Lake Macquarie.
There has been an outpouring of tributes around the world after the passing of US talkshow icon, Larry King.
King, the suspender-wearing broadcaster whose interviews with world leaders, movie stars and ordinary people helped define American conversation for decades, died aged 87.
King died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.
No cause of death was given but King had been hospitalised earlier in January after contracting COVID-19.
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