Weather Video (Tues) - Low after low from Aussie but plenty of dry weather

A low is tracking to the north of the country over the next day or so with patchy rain for the top of the country and drizzly easterlies for the east of both islands.

Meanwhile later this week another low comes from south eastern Australia and tracks towards the country - it's also likely to head north, mostly affecting the upper North Island.

Weather Video (Mon) - More lows from Australia coming to NZ

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This week is a messy one but not looking too severe. Messy in the sense that there's a bit of cloud and some slow moving areas of drizzle or showers.

Weak lows will drift from Aussie to New Zealand over the next week, mostly affecting the North Island and some drizzly weather later for Canterbury.

Weather Video (Mon) - An Australian low coming our way, but a warmer week

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This week is much warmer than last week was with winds mainly coming from the west and north and boosting temperatures into the late teens or even early 20s.

Towards Thursday and Friday a low from Australia moves in with strong to gale norwester, rain for the West Coast and even some spillover into Canterbury, especially on Sunday.

Alice Springs has wetter forecast than Canterbury

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It's not too often you think of Alice Springs as being a wet place - but lately the inland part of Australia has had a number of rain events - and more rain is coming.

In the 10 day forecast for Alice Springs via Weatherzone showers are in the forecast for the next few days with then the risk of thunderstorms daily beyond that.

August to end with September's weather

The final 10 days of the meteorological winter will end on a more spring-like note with no nationwide polar blasts in the picture and a return to windy westerlies, says

Australia: Winter 'soaking' for the southeast

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Parts of southeastern Australia record their heaviest August rain in over a decade.

A strong cold front passed over Victoria and New South Wales yesterday afternoon and evening, generating areas of rain, damaging winds and the odd isolated thunderstorm.

Rare moderate quake strikes Queensland

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A moderate shallow magnitude 5.7 earthquake has struck just off the Queensland coast, 54kms ENE of Bowen according to the USGS. Australia's local Bureau of Meteorology say the quake was Magnitude 5.8, quoting Geoscience Australia, and saying there is no tsunami threat.

The quake was shallow, just 7kms deep.

Here's the latest:

Animation: Big changes in air-flows moving over New Zealand

Sydney is shivering today while in New Zealand it's been warmer than average in the upper and eastern north today and colder than average in the lower south as polar air moves in and sub-tropical air moves out for some. In fact Sydney is several degrees cooler than some North Island places this afternoon.

A temperature record, Kiwi weather wars and Winnie the Pooh - Your Weather Headlines from the last 7 days

The weather never stops, and 2016's rollercoaster ride just keeps getting crazier - as this week saw some world firsts, further tragedy and some very rough conditions in some parts of New Zealand.

Let's start overseas in the USA, where 

GIF: Sub-tropical air flow again warms up NZ

Pockets of both the North and South Islands have reached the low 20s today - and it's all thanks to a big high to our north, pulling down sub-tropical winds over the North Island and upper South Island. At the same time it's working in tandem with north westerlies coming out Queensland, New South Wales and Canberra.