Weather Video: Current Sea surface temps around NZ stand out on world map

We kick off the first full week of December under more high pressure and mostly dry weather but this week has a few more twists than last week.

We still see a few daytime downpours, again mainly around Central Plateau but a few also possible around Central Otago.

However in coastal Otago (and maybe coastal Canterbury) a cooler breeze over Tuesday and Wednesday may drop daytime highs into the late teens (early 20s in Canterbury) while highs closer to 30 continue inland.

Despite the brief early/mid week cooling phase for some coastal areas in the south most of New Zealand will remain hotter and drier than average this week - with even hotter weather possible at the end of the week ahead of some rain makers in the Tasman Sea - but these are likely to weaken as they move in, not bringing relief to all.

But perhaps most importantly we take a look at sea surface temperatures and discover that the sea temperatures between New Zealand and Australia are a staggering 6 degrees above average.