Rain in the west - #WeatherRisks on Tuesday

A front and a ridge will bring some activity to both islands through a wet Tuesday for some in the west - with some places in for heavy rain and changing winds.

The North Island sees a northwards moving front affect conditions during the day, which brings rain to many regions in the west, becoming heavy as the afternoon wears on, and persisting

A rain bringing trough on Tuesday

Rain and showers are the buzzwords on Tuesday around New Zealand, as a front and a trough are set to influence weather in both islands.

A front is heading northwards over the North Island during the day, in a northwesterly airflow, while a southwesterly airflow lies over the South Island.

Warmer weather coming - Monday's Weather Video

We're in the final official week of winter but the spring patterns continues with a mixture of weather.

Highs and lows will be crossing the country regularly over the next two weeks and it means, generally, warmer weather coming in.

Check out the latest at the start of a new week with Philip Duncan, below.

Australia: Welcome rain spreading across NSW; QLD

Rain and thunderstorms are spreading across New South Wales today and will reach southern Queensland and by mid-week, giving some places their best rain in several months.

A complex series of events is unfolding across eastern Australia, drenching different states at different times over the course of the next week.

Rain, wind and hail in parts - #WeatherRisks on Monday

There's a fair bit of weather around the place through Monday, and though nothing's looking too serious, there's plenty to talk about.

The West Coast of the South Island is wet again, with heavy rain at times through both North and South Westland during the day, persisting until evening.

USA: El Niño slows down hurricane season as Danny approaches

Danny's sheltered environment of lower wind shear, the change in wind speed with height either in speed and/or direction, and ability to fend off surrounding dry air allowed it to become the Atlantic's first major hurricane of the season Friday (late Saturday NZT).

Week in Weather: What's Been Making Headlines this Week

Whales, volcanoes, typhoons and snowstorms - this week has had a little bit of pretty much everything! We're starting to see temperatures slowly rise after a few bitterly cold weeks in some places - though there's still some winter weather left in the tank...

Your weekend weather video

A large high is over New Zealand bringing light winds and clearer skies to many regions...but it's not going to linger.

The high will start to move out and away to our east on Sunday and Monday allowing a windier, cloudier pattern across the country.

Rain is then moving up the country into next week.

July was the hottest month ever recorded - NOAA

July 2015 was the warmest month on record for the earth dating back to January 1880, according to the state of the climate report released by the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) on Thursday.

The monthly average temperature for the globe was 61.86 degrees Fahrenheit (16.61 degree Celsius), which is higher than all 1,627 months in the period of record.

Staying settled on Friday

A large, slow moving high pressure system is sitting over the country on Friday, leading to a calm, settled and clear day for most of the country.

There will be areas of cloud about in many regions, but western parts of the North Island are in for the best of the conditions.