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.
A burst of hazy heat enveloped Sydney on Friday, with temperatures just not letting up well into the evening.
A deepening low pressure trough ahead of a cool change transported heat from the hot interior over the last couple of days, leading to a hot airmass over much of the eastern parts of the country.