Situation & outlook for Friday

After a hectic week, things are finally starting to calm down as we approach the weekend, with a relatively benign anticyclone moving over the country, while a big, low pressure system to our east moves away. Here’s what that means for your Friday.

North Island

Researchers lauded for ozone study

Government climate experts are lauding two researchers who have contributed to an article in Nature, one of the world’s most prestigious scientific journals.

The study by Dan Smale and John Robinson shows an unexpected increase in ozone-depleting hydrogen chloride in the Northern Hemisphere is a result of a temporary atmospheric anomaly. 

Australia: Watch the bizarre cloud formation that had Victorians scratching their heads (VIDEO)

It looks like a passage into another dimension, or an alien space ship hovering just out of vision. And the people of Twitter want answers.

On Monday, images of a bizarre cloud hovering over Wonthaggi, a seaside town 132 kilometres south-east of Melbourne, saturated social media as puzzled users sought answers.

Snow warning for the Desert Rd

Motorists have been warned to be cautious on the Desert Rd today as snow has accumulated on the highway.

The road was still open this morning, but forecasters said between 3cm and 5cm more snow was expected to fall on the highway before midday.

The New Zealand Transport Agency had issued a warning to motorists to take extra care on the road this morning. 

Situation & outlook for Thursday

Thursday is looking like a day of two halves - north and south, with unstable conditions for many resulting from cold upper air levels at high altitudes.

North Island

What's on for Guy Fawke's near you?

Fireworks may deliver more fizz than bang with some of the country in for wet weather this Guy Fawkes night.

Senior Fire Risk Management Officer Mike McEnaney said the rain forecast tonight may force people to delay their fireworks evening, extending the firework season to the weekend.

He said he wanted people to enjoy their evening but stay safe.

Weather Video: Guy Fawke's and beyond

Fireworks are already being set off around New Zealand, but this Guy Fawke's Mother Nature may well contribute her own fireworks - with some possible isolated thunderstorms popping up around the central North Island and the upper South Island.

Australia: Record-breaking October for SA

The weather bureau says last month's sweltering conditions sent records tumbling in many South Australian regions.

With an average maximum temperature of 34.6 degrees and five days in a row above 40 degrees, it was the hottest October in the outback town of Marree in 73 years. Ceduna broke a 72-year top October temperature. 

Situation & outlook for Wednesday

It's a complicated situation in the skies above us today, as a low pressure system sits over the North Island, a southerly airflow over the South Island, and an anticyclone waiting to the south of the country.

North Island

Dry and average - October's climate summary

Check out some highlights from NIWA's October climate summary - it was a dry month for some of the country with near average temperatures for most.