Aussie's weekend heatwave to affect parts of NZ Sunday and Monday

It is going to be exceptionally hot this weekend in New South Wales, with much of New Zealand benefiting from it on Sunday and/or Monday.

Australia's weekend heat wave is being forecast to break September records, with temperatures soaring as high as 40 degrees Celsius inland and even Sydney may hit 36C.

Weather Video: A heatwave in Aussie will also affect parts of NZ this Sun & Mon

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Another low is crossing the country over Thursday and Friday, mainly impacting the North Island. While it’s fairly sizeable it’s also fairly weak - with most rain or showers fairly patchy.

There may be a few heavier downpours with isolated thunder here and there but generally speaking this low is tracking eastwards and will fade away on Friday.

Hurricane Maria cuts power to 100% of Puerto Rico - Live Storm Tracker

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We’re tracking Hurricane Maria, which last night made landfall in Puerto Rico, home to 3.4 million people.

It is the first category 4 hurricane to hit the nation in 85 years and was just a few kms shy of Cat 5 at landfall.

Weather Video: Next low for NZ, plus we track major Hurricane Maria

Wednesday is one of the nicest days of the week for New Zealand ahead of the next low pressure system coming in on Thursday and Friday, mostly for the North Island but also brushing the upper half of the South Island.

Central Mexico earthquake kills more than 100, topples buildings

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Scores were killed in a powerful earthquake Tuesday that rocked Mexico City and surrounding states. The earthquake toppled buildings, sent rescue workers digging through rubble and knocked out power to millions.

Powerful M7.1 quake hits Mexico City, at least 44 killed, many buildings collapsed

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UPDATED 8:51am --- A powerful Magnitude 7.1 earthquake has struck Mexico City, according to the USGS. Latest media reports say 44 people have been confirmed dead and it's very likely that toll will rise based on the amount of damage.

The quake was 50kms deep and social media shows buildings collapsing in the city - a city that is home to over 21 million people.

Category 5 Hurricane Maria barrels toward Puerto Rico today

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Hurricane Maria's destructive tear across the Caribbean is well underway, with the storm obliterating parts of Dominica and threatening "catastrophic" damage to Puerto Rico.

Maria prompts hurricane watch in Caribbean, Jose may threaten US this week

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Tropical Storm Jose has strengthened back into a hurricane, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Cassini, NASA's 13-year Saturn mission, has ended

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Contact has been lost with the Cassini spacecraft after it completed a "death dive" into the upper atmosphere of Saturn and transmitted its final signal, according to NASA.

Irma now a Category 1 Hurricane

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6:44pm NZT --- Irma is now a Category 1 hurricane. The latest update from the US National Hurricane Center shows  the winds have weakened a little and the air pressure has risen.

Current sustained winds are 140km/h with gusts to 195km.h.