With the Cricket World Cup kicking off this weekend, we wanted to know what our readers made of what is traditionally the hottest part of the year - several weeks after the official longest day.
A momentous week for farmers and cricket fans - as two milestones that many have been waiting for finally arrived, one good and one bad.
The Cricket World Cup gets underway this weekend in Christchurch and apart from some morning drizzle or light showers possible it’s looking mainly dry.
Great for cricket fans – not great for farmers in Canterbury who need rain.
Farmers in New South Wales say they may miss out on drought assistance and subsidies because eligibility criteria does not reflect drought areas.
The Federal Government uses the Bureau of Meteorology's rainfall deficiency analyser to determine what areas receive assistance.
The risks today will all be related to wind, as a southerly wind change works its way up the South Island’s east coast this morning and into the early afternoon, winds will be gusty near the coast, blowing strongly at times.
On Friday we have a weak front pushing northwards over the South Island during the day, before moving onto the lower North Island in the afternoon.
Behind this front is a cool south to southeasterly airflow, and the rest of the North Island sits under a very weak area of low pressure.
Spark insists last night's network outage was a one-off, and it's all been fixed.
The upper half of the North Island in particular was hit by the outage for more than three hours.
Chief Operating Officer David Havercroft says the problem started when key network computers received a corrupted packet of information.