Australia: Hot air raising fire danger, Kalgoorlie forecast to reach 44C Sunday

A mass of hot air will sweep across Australia during the next week, elevating fire danger ratings in multiple states and territories.

VIDEO: More westerlies for NZ, more dry for Australia

We have the latest 5 day rain maps for both New Zealand and Australia - and the Aussie one is quite significant.

Over NZ we have more spring westerlies over the next week with driest weather in the north, warmest in the north east, wettest on the West Coast and coolest in southern NZ.

Animation: Next wave of Australian smoke crossing Tasman Sea for NZ tonight

Another wave of smoke from the Australian bush fires is currently crossing the Tasman Sea and will track over the North Island tonight/overnight.

For those with clear skies it may make the near full moon rising tonight or setting tomorrow morning a more orange colour for a time. 

Extremely dry weather fuels Australian bush fires, but air pollution levels in NZ remain 'good'

(+8 Maps) --- Another plume of smoke from the Aussie bush fires will track over NZ later today and tonight as the weather conditions in Australia get drier and hotter. says the heat and dry will continue in the week ahead with daytime temperatures into the 30s and 40s across Australia.

Animation: Sub-tropical airflow descends across New Zealand

It's warmer than average right across Aotearoa today and it's all thanks to two airflows, both out of the subtropics.

Like a bath with two hot water taps, NZ today has two streams of sub-tropical air moving across each main island.

VIDEO: Weekend wind and rain, before cool & warm changes next week

It may have felt like summer in some places lately but spring is still with us and this weekend NZ gets a burst of strong to gale nor’westers with heavy western rain.

The North Island in particular is also dealing with a tropical airflow from Fiji making it feel more like the end of December rather than the start of November.

Animation: Fiji airflow explains why so many regions are warmer than average (+4 Maps)

The air flow across New Zealand has quite the journey at the moment, originating around Fiji and tracking as far south as Antarctica where it then gets pulled back into a Southern Ocean storm. 

New Australian record: Three years of above-average monthly temperatures

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Australia has just registered 36 consecutive warmer-than-usual months for the first time on record.

Your Guy Fawkes & Melbourne Cup forecasts

November 5th is a busy day with fireworks celebrations in New Zealand and Melbourne Cup in Australia. 

Welcome rain on the horizon for southeastern Australia

Rain and thunderstorms will spread over southern and southeastern Australia during the next five days.

A low pressure trough and cold front will trigger widespread rain and storms as it passes over South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria, NSW and southern Queensland between Friday and Tuesday.