USA - Country continues to swelter in deadly, record-breaking temperatures

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).

POLL RESULTS: One third of kiwis yet to fly in 2016

Maybe it's simply an indication of how obsessed with aviation we are here at, 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...

Heatwaves, a tornado and a new season - What's been making Weather Headlines this week

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.

Internationally, though, things have been just as crazy - with heatwaves in both North America and Europe - as parts of

"Sprinter" brings more winds - Your Weekend Weather Video

The season 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.

5 Solomon Islands 'swallowed by the sea'

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Rising sea levels that submerge entire islands were supposed to be a distant possibility of an apocalyptic future. But in the idyllic Pacific, that future is here.

Watch out in the west - Your Weather Highlights for the next 3 days

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.

Rain spreading; winds strengthen - The Big Picture on Friday

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.

The calm is here, the wind is coming - Your Thursday Weather Video

After another blustery and windy overnight, a period of relative calm is upon the country, thanks to a large high pressure system over us.

More winds are coming, however, with subtropical air funneling down over New Zealand bringing relatively warm, strong winds and some showers too.

For the rest of your weekend outlook, and a peek into the start of next w

Australia: July continues to smash heat records across the country

During the pitter-patter of rain on the roofs, many places across NSW experienced their warmest July night in records.

A tropical air-mass has moved over NSW after dousing QLD with unseasonable rain, bringing thick cloud and warm air. Although it's been noticeably warmer during the days, the night-time temperatures were the most outstanding.