Weather Maps: Infographics for the next few days (5 Maps)

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High pressure pushes across New Zealand this weekend but by Christmas Day both Australia and New Zealand will be dealing with a cold front bringing rain and showers. 

This cold front heads north later in the day and across Boxing Day.

Here's where the rain, showers, clouds and thunderstorms are likely to lie over the coming days:

Just what exactly is a heatwave? Here's how it is defined:

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New Zealand has recently had a heatwave - and now a large portion of Australia is being affected by heatwave conditions this week. But are all heatwaves the same? Are they worth all the attention, or are they just normal summer weather? And can a heatwave be relative to where you are? Weatherzone digs down and explains:

Australia: Unsettled spell for Perth, The Ashes likely to be affected

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The England cricket team may feel more at home, as conditions turn wet and very windy for the end of the third test.

A deep low pressure system will cause winds will pick up from the southwest through Sunday, gusting above 80km/h by the late-afternoon, around the time rain will commence. 

Australia: Second surge of heat could challenge records

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Another round of intense heat is about to sweep across southern and eastern Australia, challenging December heat records for the second time in a week.

A burst of hot weather swept across southeastern Australia this week, prompting fire bans in a number of states. 

How hot does it get in Australia?

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With summer underway in Australia and heatwave conditions affecting a number of states this week, a lot of temperature observations are being compared to historical records.

Sydney's west forecast to exceed 40C on Thursday

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Summer started out on a cool note for much of southern Australia, although a countrywide heat wave will send temperatures soaring this week.

Many areas in southern and southeastern Australia experienced a notably mild start to summer this year.

Tuesday: Cooler in the South Island's east, but hotter than normal elsewhere

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A refreshing change is coming for parts of the South Island on Tuesday with parts of Canterbury possibly as much sa 20 degrees cooler at the warmest part of the day compared to last Friday when temperatures hit the mid to late 30s.

Fiordland drier than Alice Springs...what the heck?! (+2 Maps)

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Fiordland - one of the wettest places on earth - has had less rain that desert parts of central Australia over the past 30 days.

While New Zealand has been stuck under high pressure for much of the past month many inland, southern and eastern parts of Australia have been much wetter than average.

Australia: Eastern storms strike capital cities Friday

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Skies have darkened over Brisbane and Sydney this afternoon as thunderstorms rolled through both capital cities.

A broad low pressure trough draped across eastern Australia and a cold front moving over NSW produced the storms, some of which have produced hail and blustery winds.

Australia - Early Summer heat affecting Perth

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A burst of summer heat starting tomorrow in Perth may cause the city to have its warmest run of days this early in six years.

A slow-moving high pressure system to the south of Australia will cause an extended period of warm east to north easterly winds in Perth between now and early next week.