Australia


Australia - Winter rain yet to show thanks to huge anticyclones

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A lack of strong cold fronts so far this season has left many parts of Australia longing for rainfall. Most of the nation's south has received less than 20 percent of the June monthly average rainfall, even though we are now halfway through the month.


Did someone order a BFH for the weekend? (+2 Maps)

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So far June has a been a windy, cold, month for many regions with plenty of southerly quarter winds - but this weekend New Zealand is under a "BFH" - a Big Fat High.

The high, from Australia, will bring a settled weekend to the nation and mainly dry weather.


Video: Incoming high then sub tropical low to brush northern NZ

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A very large high is rolling in across New Zealand for the weekend bringing much lighter winds and mainly dry conditions. There may be some fog patches on Saturday which is worth keeping in mind with Fieldays finishing at Mystery Creek and people flying in and out of Hamilton.


Feeling SAD? Why you might have the winter blues & what the cures are

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Finding it hard to wake up in the mornings? Feeling a lack of energy? Feeling generally down? You may be suffering from SAD - Seasonal Affective Disorder. SAD is quite normal to experience as the nights get longer and days shorter.


Who on earth is SAM? And why is he leaving much of Australia high and dry?

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Meteorologists love their acronyms and personification, and SAM is like an old friend that you don't talk to as often as you'd like. 


VIDEO: Weekend weather + Fieldays next week

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Over the weekend high pressure over southern Australia will drift further into the Tasman Sea. This should encourage a few showers around the West Coast and maybe the southern coastlines of both islands. It doesn’t look significant although there may be some colder air around some regions this weekend as a result of Saturday’s southerly.


Australia: Long weekend flood threat for some in the east

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It is going to be a soggy long weekend [Queen's Birthday] in parts of eastern Australia, with some areas likely to experience flooding.


Australia 'mega-high' heading (painfully slowly) towards NZ

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A high pressure system over Australia is so large it's being dubbed a 'mega-high' by forecasters as it remains centred over the Great Australian Bight and stretches eastwards towards New Zealand.


Australia: Smoky skies in Perth prompts health alert

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Smoke from prescribed burns drifted over Perth and surrounding areas yesterday, prompting a health alert from authorities.

A number of controlled burns are being carried out in the southeast of Western Australia this week as part of an effort to reduce bushfire fuel loads in the region.


Colder Sou'West airflow across New Zealand likely to last another 10 days

There's a chill in the air so far this June with heavy frosts in parts of the South Island and a big drop in temperatures for many parts of the North Island after what was a mild and wetter than average Autumn.