As school goes back this week the scorching summer-holiday-heat is sticking around.
From Monday to Sunday Sydney city is likely to average lows of 23-24 degrees and highs of 33. This is more than five degrees hotter than the January average of 19 to 26.
It's a hot day in eastern and south-eastern Australia while much of New Zealand has a cooler, windier, cloudy day.
The stark comparison is no surprise to New Zealanders after rare weekend frosts and heavy mountain snow in the South Island. In fact snow also fell on the North Island mountains.
A couple of scorchers are on the way for Adelaide, Melbourne, Canberra and Sydney over the next few days. How hot will it get?
The last time Sydneysiders were subjected to such a hot morning commute, Robert Menzies was Prime Minister.
Sydney set its highest-ever 9am temperature on Wednesday, with the city reaching 36.5C, beating the previous record of 35C set in December 1955.
The sweltering morning came after a sticky summer night, with temperatures not dropping below 28C in the CBD.
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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.