40 degree heat breaks record books

Timaru has broken the record for their hottest day ever with the temperature hitting a scorching 40.3 degrees in the shade shortly before 4pm today.

The extreme heat, which predicted yesterday, is connected to the same heat wave that saw Sydney climb to 42 degrees yesterday and then record their hottest night ever.

Stormchaser looks into cyclone's heart

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A New Zealand stormchaser has told how he tied himself to a tree, strapped on a helmet and lifejacket then went into the core of Cyclone Yasi to take pictures.

"It was fierce. Three-hundred-kilometre winds were whipping around, pulling trees out of the ground and debris was flying everywhere," said cameraman Geoff Mackley.

"It was wild. It was pretty incredible for about five or six hours."...

So, when's the next cyclone?

"It's highly likely we haven't seen the end of the tropical storms and this years cyclone season may last longer than April" -

VIDEO: Philip Duncan with the latest on Cyclone Yasi

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As Cyclone Yasi continues to move across inland Queensland weather analyst Philip Duncan talks about what happened earlier this morning, what the potential is for another cyclone behind Yasi and where the storm is heading now.

Has NZ ever experienced Cat5 winds?

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It's a question I've been asked plenty of times lately - has a main centre in New Zealand ever recorded winds equal to a category 5 cyclone?

The answer... is yes - although it wasn't because of a tropical cyclone.  But it did have connections with the tropics.

Topographical maps now online

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If you’re a keen tramper, angler, hunter, or other outdoor pursuit enthusiast you’re likely to already be familiar with the official LINZ ‘NZTopo’ Topographic Map Series, traditionally purchased as printed paper maps.

Air NZ cancels flights to Cairns ahead of Cyclone

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#Yasi - @FlyAirNZ - Air New Zealand has this evening suspended travel to Cairns ahead of severe tropical cyclone Yasi.

The airline advises that due to poor weather caused by Cyclone Yasi and the planned closure of Cairns Airport facilities Wednesday morning, flights NZ775 Auckland to Cairns and NZ776 Cairns to Auckland on Wednesday 2 February are now cancelled.

Photos: What do King Fishers eat?

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Recently reader Paul Huffam sent us these incredible photos of a King Fisher - and his, or her, favourite meal.

Great photos Paul - thanks for uploading them to our site.

If you have strange/quirky weather or environmental photos, please send them in to us.  Click here to easily upload from your computer.

NZ's weather pattern about to change

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After three weeks of sub-tropical activity over northern New Zealand the weather pattern is now about to change. predicts the next 10 days will be dominated by more westerlies and the chances of sub-tropical development remains "low".

When is it too hot to work?

Filed in: looks into OSH guidelines on how hot and cold weather can affect your job.

Many of us have certainly complained about it - "It's too hot  to work" or "It's illegal to keep us here if the temperature rises above or below...".