Aotearoa - land of the long white cloud. To many, the clouds are perhaps more grey than white this week. If you live in the west or south then chances are you've had a cloudy or partly cloudy week. Last night/this morning many have also woken to a cooler than usual day.
What's to blame? Southerly injections from the Southern Ocean.
It may be gloomy and cooler for some but for those paying close attention to the sky and the ground a big dry is already underway in a number of regions.
For the most part, compared to a year ago, New Zealand isn't quite as dry - but it's fast catching up.
Australia has an ex-tropical cyclone currently pushing into the desert regions with heavy rain falling there. In fact parts of Australia that are traditionally the driest are currently experiencing some of the heaviest rain in the entire nation this Christmas Day.
Forecasts for Australia, UK, USA, Canada & New Zealand --- Not everyone celebrates Christmas Day but in some countries it's certainly a day off, or a long weekend this weekend.
After Sydney sweltered through a pair of hot days early in the week (38 degrees C); Thursday and Friday were very different, with cool and soggy conditions.
Parts of Sydney saw their wettest weather since winter on Saturday, as a low pressure trough lingered and directed a fair amount of moisture across the region.
Perth has endured a sweaty end to the week, although a cool change is on the way. The city exceeded 35 degrees Friday afternoon and was forecast to hit a high of 37 on Friday and again Saturday.
If Perth manages back-to-back 37s it will be the city's hottest pair of days since March.
The most widespread heat in five years could grip parts of southern and eastern Australia next week.
A pool of hot air is set to sweep across the country from Monday to Wednesday, sending the mercury soaring across multiple states and territories.
Victorians who experience breathing difficulties or asthma have been advised to take extra care this evening, with a cool change and thunderstorms predicted for the state.
Eight people , putting emergency services and hospitals under strain as thousands of people experienced respiratory problems.