Australia: Queensland in for 100mm in 24 hours

Isolated parts of regional Queensland could experience rainfall totals in excess of 100mm in a 24-hour period, the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) says.

All clear again - Friday's weather risks

Another cracking day on the cards today - as those anticyclonic conditions we saw yesterday give way to mainly settled and sunny weather today, light winds this morning then afternoon sea breezes for most.

Nice and easy - Situation & outlook for Friday

An anticyclone will cover the majority of the country tomorrow, meaning sunny, calm conditions will prevail pretty much everywhere.

South Island

Nothing dramatic to report, other than some light winds in the morning and afternoon sea breezes on the coast - though these will fade away later in the afternoon and should be gone by evening.

UPDATE: Tropical Cyclone Niko bears down on Tahiti

A category 1 Tropical cyclone is on course to hit Tahiti later today, according to the Fiji met service.

A storm warning was issued from the Fijian weather authority in Nadi late last night, when it said the relatively weak tropical cyclone, Niko, was moving southeast towards Tahiti at 9 knots, and intensifying as it went.

Parents warned to be vigilant in hot cars over summer months

Parents are being urged to double check the back seat, after the death of a baby in a car in Whanganui.

The 16 month old boy was meant to be dropped off at Noah's Ark Early Learning Centre, but was accidentally left in the vehicle in the Wanganui Hospital carpark while his mother went to work on Friday.

Clear and calm - Weather risks for Thursday

Yesterday we saw predicted showers in Canterbury and the east of the North Island turn heavy and produce both thunder and hail - but today the weather gods don't look like springng any surprises on anyone!

Weather Video: Your weekend forecast

Around half of New Zealand has a long weekend this weekend and the forecast is looking mostly dry, despite rainmakers being just offshore.

Canterbury today has had some rain relief, especially near the coastline, some positive news for that very dry region.

Meanwhile, we take a long range look at a potential rain maker for the country in the final week of January.

Australia: CORRECTION: Alice Springs nearly reaches hottest temperature ever

The Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) has withdrawn its advice Alice Springs recorded its hottest day on Tuesday, blaming a faulty thermometer for an incorrect temperature reading.

The ABC was told on Tuesday night the temperature at Alice Springs airport reached 46 degrees Celsius at 3:21pm (ACST).

Canterbury farmers may face water restrictions

Canterbury farmers facing drought this summer say they may have to start restricting their irrigation. 

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy met with with a group of 20 farmers in Ashburton yesterday, to hear how their farms are affected. 

All clear ahead: Wednesday's weather risks

The only possible risks in the country's weather today are shower related - and they're more like blessings than risks - as they will (hopefully) come to thoe who need it most!