Australia: Cooler weather still no relief from humidity in Sydney

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Following a spell of record heat and extended heatwaves across large parts of New South Wales, and Sydney's hottest day in more than a year on Thursday 31st January, a strong southerly change and rainy weather has brought welcome relief to the extreme temperatures experienced across the city.

Weather Video: Your Weekend weather, outlook for Waitangi Day and a look at the tropics

A colder change is moving up the country for Friday and Saturday and while some will have a significant refreshing change others further north will barely notice the difference.

Next week we see more hot weather on Monday and Tuesday but on Wednesday a cooler change with showers moves up the nation.

Tropics active north of Australia, but not north of NZ - but that may change in February continues to monitor the tropics closely for rain makers now that large portions of New Zealand are starting to dry out. Today Australia has two storms, Cyclone Riley on the western coastline and a Tropical Depression in the Gulf of Carpentaria which may become a cyclone. Neither of these tropical storms pose any risk to New Zealand.

Weather Video: Australian heatwave will bring heat to NZ next week

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We have both Nelson and Auckland Anniversary weekends this weekend with over half the country taking Monday off.

Australia: Parts of Melbourne expected to reach 43 degrees C on Friday

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UPDATED 8:54am --- Melbourne is having a scorching end to the week with temperatures in the greater city expected to hit 43 degrees today.

For downtown Melbourne Friday's high is 42 degrees. For other suburbs, like Epping and St Albans, a high of 43C is forecast.

Melbourne Airport is also expected to reach 43C today. 

Tropics north of NZ fairly quiet for rest of January, stormier in northern Australia

The tropics directly north of New Zealand is much quieter compared to a year ago with no major storms likely to develop over the rest of January in the NZ area.

There are some areas of interest, mostly in northern Australia which has already had a few cyclones affect them this season.

Australia suffers as heatwave reaches its peak, melts roads, breaks records

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An extreme heatwave already breaking records across Australia is expected to peak in many parts of the country Friday, with temperatures forecast to stay above 40 degrees Celsius (104 F) for the sixth day in a row.

Scorching week for Australia's interior, close to 50 degrees C

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Much of Australia's interior is to heat to the forties each day for a week, some parts hitting 45 degrees each day.

The heat has been quite intense over Western Australia's Pilbara where Mardie peaked at 48.0 degrees on Thursday.

Green thunderstorms: there have been many theories behind the mysterious glow

In a festive twist to Sydney's catastrophically expensive hailstorm Thursday night, the skies turned green. 

Pictures posted online of clouds with a spooky green glow have been generating debate. 

Holiday heat to sweep across southern Australia

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It's going to be a sweaty summer break for a large swathe of southern and southeastern Australia as a pool of hot air circulates around the country.

On Thursday, temperatures soared into the mid-to-high forties across parts of Australia's eastern inland, setting a new December record at Thargomindah (47.2C).