Severe Thunderstorms in upper North Island

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UPDATED 4:30pm --- Thunderstorms are continuing this afternoon across central and northern regions of the North Island.

There are widespread downpours across South Auckland, Waikato and Bay of Plenty in particular.

Storms will be peaking now until early evening.

Unusual 10 day rain map for NZ highlights current odd set-up

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New Zealand is dealing with a rare set up of high pressure that is not only bringing days if not weeks of warmer than average weather to the country but is also producing inland downpours that are significantly drenching central areas, especially the North Island.

Spring to end & summer to kick off on a stormy note in Australia. Will it reach NZ?

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+4 Maps --- Australia has a blast of weather coming this Thursday and Friday that will create gales, widespread heavy rain and severe thunderstorms across southern and eastern states.

An unsettled start to summer for southeast Australia, but how will it affect New Zealand?

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A frontal system is expected to bring wet and windy conditions across the eastern states towards the end of next week.

Australia: Severe Thunderstorms in Vic & Tas Sunday PM, NSW Monday AM (+Maps)

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A burst of spring weather is affecting the south eastern corner of Australia today, tomorrow and the next few days.  Temperatures are likely to reach 36 degrees in Melbourne by Wednesday and even Tasmania will be in to the low 30s for a short time.

Australia: Young woman dies after being struck by lightning in Melbourne

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A woman in her 20s has died after she was struck by lightning during a storm in Melbourne's north-east on Friday night that produced 15,000 lightning flashes.

Emergency services said a woman and a man were both struck by lightning outside an address at Sunset Drive at Chirnside Park just after 8:30pm.

Australia: Rain lacking in Tasmania as heat records tumble

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The weather patterns responsible for record-breaking spring heat in Hobart this week have also taken a toll on Tasmania's rainfall this month.

Most locations in Tasmania have registered less than 40 per cent of their long-term monthly average rainfall during the first 23 days of November. 

Australia: Warm, humid end to spring in Sydney

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Sydney is about to have its warmest November week in nearly 50 years as temperatures climb during the final week of spring.

A stagnant pool of warm and humid air that has broken spring temperature records in southern Australia this week will move east and affect Sydney during the next seven days.

Australia: November heat in Melbourne breaks 162 years of records

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Melbourne is experiencing a record-breaking spell of November heat that will persist into the weekend.

Inland South Island heatwave continues for another week (+2 Maps)

The interior of the South Island will continue to join south eastern Australia's heatwave, with several days of well above average daytime temperatures continuing.

Hobart and Melbourne are breaking century-long records with the current heatwave and the same airflow is working its way into the lower South Island, affecting inland areas. Coastal areas are much cooler.