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Sub-tropical low grazing northern NZ with some rain + eastern Australia unsettled (+9 Maps)

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A large sub-tropical low is today brushing past the upper North Island of New Zealand and is bringing patchy rain to the eastern side of Northland and around Auckland's Great Barrier Island. A few light spits are also falling over northern Coromandel Peninsula.

Australia: NZ's high becomes Aussie's low as wet weather dominates east coast (+9 Maps)

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The forecast for the eastern side of Australia looks fairly wet for the next week or two thanks to a giant high pressure system out over the Tasman Sea and New Zealand.

Australia: More Thunder Down Under

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Severe weather season is definitely in full swing as every state proves likely to see a thunderstorm fire up in the next week.

Australia: Spring seesaw swinging slowly in Melbourne

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Many Melburnians would be be happy to see some warmer weather in their forecast this week after the city's longest late-season cool spell in four years.

Temperatures are set to climb progressively in Melbourne during the next week as a slow-moving high pressure system over the Tasman Sea directs warm northerly winds across Victoria.

Australia: Southern heat here to stay

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South Australia will experience a prolonged spell of early season heat during the next six days.

Persistent northerly winds driven by a slow moving high pressure system will cause the spell of warm and dry weather.

Warm, dry week ahead for inland NSW, then NZ

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The next week will be mostly warm and dry across inland areas of NSW, although a rain-bearing system may be on the horizon.

A near-stationary high pressure system over the Tasman Sea will prevent any significant rain from affecting western NSW between now and the middle of next week.

Melbourne Cup - it's a cold day in Melbourne! The forecast:

It's a cold day in Melbourne with the temperature as of noon NZT just 13 degrees and the high only around 14 or 15 today.

While cloud is expected any remaining light showers are clearing away as an enormous high pressure system rolls in.

Stray iceberg stuns researchers on Macquarie Island

A large iceberg has been spotted off the coast of Macquarie Island this week. While it's not unheard of to see icebergs from Antarctica this far north, it's certainly not something that researchers based on the island get to see every year.

It's that time of year where the highs are here, but the lows won't go away (x8 Maps)

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NEXT FOUR DAYS --- We've reached that point in spring where the anticyclones (highs) are draped like a chain-link-fence around our part of the world. To the north and south of this high pressure belt are lows, which occasionally push through the "chain link fence" where the highs meet/touch.

Weather Video: Your weekend outlook & forecast to next Wednesday

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Rain clouds are moving in across the country this weekend, especially western areas where totals in the South Island may reach 150mm.

Watch for slips and flooding on the West Coast. Not as much rain will fall in eastern areas. By Sunday a colder change will sweep into some southern areas but won’t be too significant.