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Australia: Sydney Harbour spills over into CBD due to supermoon

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A king tide prompted by a supermoon earlier this week has inundated areas around Sydney Harbour, with further record tides and flooding to come.

The tide reached 2.03 metres on Tuesday morning, with water spilling onto footpaths at the Royal Botanic Garden and flooding areas near the Fleet Steps.

Special Update: NZ's current set up breaking all the norms

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Most of New Zealand is drier than average. Most of NZ is warmer than average. Now the sea surface temperatures are not only above average, but they are warmer than average more so than anywhere else on the globe.

Weather Video: Current Sea surface temps around NZ stand out on world map

We kick off the first full week of December under more high pressure and mostly dry weather but this week has a few more twists than last week.

We still see a few daytime downpours, again mainly around Central Plateau but a few also possible around Central Otago.

First Saturday of Summer: Above 30 degrees in parts of NZ, stormy in Australia (+Maps)

Updated 3:07pm --- The first week of summer on the meteorological calendar is hot for some as temperatures over 30 degrees are recorded in New Zealand. For some inland parts of the South Island this is the third weekend in a row with daytime highs above their normal for this time of the year.

Weather Video: Storms ease & high pressure dominates NZ, Aussie faces severe weather

The run of high pressure continues around New Zealand as we head into the weekend and next week - however the major daily downpours will ease tonight in the South Island then finally in the North Island on Saturday evening.

New Zealand's risk of severe weather diminishes today as Australia's risk soars (+7 Maps)

For the first time in a week the chances of severe weather in New Zealand is reducing while over the ditch Australia is bracing for a significant storm to kick off the first day of summer on the meteorological calendar, with a potential tropical cyclone soon after.

Severe Thunderstorms in upper North Island

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UPDATED 4:30pm --- Thunderstorms are continuing this afternoon across central and northern regions of the North Island.

There are widespread downpours across South Auckland, Waikato and Bay of Plenty in particular.

Storms will be peaking now until early evening.

Unusual 10 day rain map for NZ highlights current odd set-up

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New Zealand is dealing with a rare set up of high pressure that is not only bringing days if not weeks of warmer than average weather to the country but is also producing inland downpours that are significantly drenching central areas, especially the North Island.

Spring to end & summer to kick off on a stormy note in Australia. Will it reach NZ?

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+4 Maps --- Australia has a blast of weather coming this Thursday and Friday that will create gales, widespread heavy rain and severe thunderstorms across southern and eastern states.

An unsettled start to summer for southeast Australia, but how will it affect New Zealand?

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A frontal system is expected to bring wet and windy conditions across the eastern states towards the end of next week.