NZ in shadow of Australian droughts as another giant anticyclone comes our way (+7 Maps)

An abnormally large belt of high pressure is moving in to New Zealand with drier than average weather for the rest of June and some places likely not receiving any rain between now and early July (not so normal for this time of the year).

Record June warm spell in Sydney

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Sydney experienced an unprecedented run of June warmth this week.

The city's Observatory Hill weather station registered maximum temperatures at or above 22.0 degrees between Sunday 9th and Thursday 13th of June.

This is Sydney's first five day spell this warm during June on record, with observations dating back to 1859.

Warmth returning to Australia's southeast

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Unseasonably warm air will return to southeastern Australia during the next several days, ending the region's chilly start to winter.

A series of cold fronts brought a string of cold days and nights to Australia's southeastern states during the last fortnight. For some areas, this wintry spell included the coldest and snowiest weather this early in the season since the year 2000.

Australia: Welcome rain in parts of WA

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Geraldton has seen more rain during the last 24 hours than the last nine months combined.

A strong cold front brought welcome rain to western and southwestern districts of Western Australia on Thursday night and Friday.

11,000km high pressure belt to be replaced by deep Southern Ocean low in 7 days time (+2 Maps) has today revised the width of the high pressure belt influencing NZ's weather, from 9000km to 11,000km from west to east.

VIDEO: 11,000km belt of high pressure to be replaced by huge low next week

Make the most of the calmer weather - next week is looking very different. has today revised the width of the high pressure belt currently over New Zealand and Australia and we now estimate it stretches over 11,000km from west to east.

Australia: The long road to drought

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A prolonged period of dry and warm weather is taking a toll on Australia's water balance, with large swaths of agricultural land in drought and urban dam levels dropping around the country.

International Weather Headlines: India heat, Japan rain, big dry across Australia / NZ (+3 maps)

High temperatures are coming for India, more heavy rain for Japan and a huge high pressure system for Australia and NZ means a lot of dry weather in the week ahead.

Here's a quick glance at the weather stories make the news this week around Asia and the Pacific.

Enormous 9000km belt of high pressure drifts in today, lingers 8 days

A truly massive belt of high pressure will this week influence New Zealand's weather starting today and not leaving until next Tuesday (8 days from now). It is by far the largest high pressure system in our part of the world so far this year.

VIDEO: Massive high pressure system to influence NZ’s weather for 8 days

A huge high from Australia is about to affect our weather until early next week but it’s not all plain sailing with some showers in the forecast and a few subtle wind direction changes.