It was a very busy weekend with winds close to 200km/h, snow, downpours and dramatic temperatures.
This week isn't so crazy with the first few days of the week far more settled and a bit milder.
By the the end of the week gales and rain returns with a potential short lived polar blast on Sunday and next Monday (Aug1).
Dangerously high temperatures will keep scorching the Northeast United States in the wake of a deadly wave of heat and humidity that has plagued the Midwest.
Think our winter is bad? Spare a thought for Kuwait - at 53C, a new record breaking temperature! (+PICS)
In the middle of winter it's an unfathomable idea for some, but temperatures in Kuwait reached 54C last week, a record for the eastern hemisphere and possibly the entire planet.
A weather station in Mitribah, an unmapped area of north-west Kuwait, recorded the temperature on Thursday, with Basra reaching 53.9C (129F).
Maybe it's simply an indication of how obsessed with aviation we are here at WeatherWatch.co.nz, but the results of this week's poll came as something of a shock!
A combined 47% - or nearly half - of our respondents said they either haven't flown "yet" this year or "never fly at all" - a combination we simply didn't see coming...
Another wild and windy week for New Zealand - as the westerly "sprinter" system (a hybrid of windy spring and winter weather) really takes over as July draws to a close.
The season WeatherWatch.co.nz dubbed as "Sprinter" earlier this week (windy Spring plus winter) returns this weekend.
Saturday looks warm in the North Island for late July with gales moving in and showers.
Sunday is just as windy but winds turn colder SW.
Next week sees plenty more strong westerly quarter winds for NZ.
The winds return as we head into the weekend, blowing strongly from the westerly quarter - along with heavy rain at times to boot.
Things calm down again somewhat on Sunday, though westerlies continue to blow - making life difficult for western parts of both islands.
Increasing cloud and rain, along with strengthening winds are the orders of the day as we head into our weekend - with a northerly airflow developing over the North Island.
Sunny and areas increase along with high cloud, spreading from the north, from Northland in the morning.