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.

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. 

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.

USA: Record 176 people stung by stingrays at popular California beach in one day

Lifeguards in Huntington Beach, California, were reminding swimmers to shuffle their feet when they go into the ocean after 176 people were stung by stingrays in just one day.

Typhoon Hagibis now departing Japan - Latest forecast & tracking (+4 Maps)

Typhoon Hagibis made landfall Saturday night in Japan and is now already exiting the nation, but more severe weather is likely today before finally clearing tonight.


  • Central Pressure is 975 hPa