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International Weather Headlines: India heat, Japan rain, big dry across Australia / NZ (+3 maps)

High temperatures are coming for India, more heavy rain for Japan and a huge high pressure system for Australia and NZ means a lot of dry weather in the week ahead.

Here's a quick glance at the weather stories make the news this week around Asia and the Pacific.


Animation: The two extreme sides of calm highs

Most of us know the centre of high pressure is often calm and settled but the outer edges can be stormy and today that is highlighted well with a tropical cyclone on the northern fringes and an active Autumn cold front on the southern edge of high pressure.


VIDEO: Detailed update on Cyclone Ann for Queensland, plus NZ’s forecast to Sunday

Cyclone Ann is going to make landfall in northern Queensland on Wednesday as a Category 1 tropical cyclone, or very near that strength. It means Ann is more of a sea and rain event than a wind event - although winds may be strong enough to cause some lower end damage to trees and buildings.


Cyclone Ann to make landfall in Queensland on Wednesday, we have full details (+7 Maps)

Tropical Cyclone Ann is located over the Coral Sea and continues to churn westwards directly towards the northern Queensland coastline with landfall expected on Wednesday.

WeatherWatch.co.nz says Ann remains a Category 1 cyclone with low end damaging winds, heavy rain and dangerous seas.


VIDEO: Cyclone Ann forms in the Coral Sea, while NZ has a ‘typical’ Autumn week ahead

We have an out of season tropical cyclone in the Coral Sea called Ann which formed over the weekend. The tropical storm poses no threat to New Zealand but is expected to track westwards into northern Queensland as a weakened tropical low later this week.


Out of season tropical cyclone forms in Coral Sea, poses some threat to Queensland but not NZ

As WeatherWatch.co.nz forecast back in early April the cyclone season this year would likely extend into May due to the warmer than normal air and sea temperatures in our part of the world.

Today Australia's Bureau of Meteorology has confirmed the formation of Tropical Cyclone Ann, which formed nearly two weeks after the official Cyclone Season finished (April 30). 


Nearby time zone differences that may surprise you, eg the Chatham Islands is 45mins ahead of mainland NZ

In our part of the world we have to monitor the weather in several different nations and some - including New Zealand - have time zones you may not expect.


VIDEO: Stormy weekend looks set to bring severe weather

A typical Autumn blast is on the way this weekend with the potential for severe rain warnings, wind warnings, snow alerts and marine warnings.

Up to 200mm may fall on the West Coast while eastern parts of the North Island may have highs up to 24 degrees on Saturday under sunny skies and nor’westers.


Tornado & thunderstorm outbreak happening now across parts of USA - Track LIVE

HAPPENING NOW --- 90 Million Americans are in the way of storms and tornadoes right now. Around April and May tornado season in the US typically peaks and the set up today has already created a number of tornadoes with more expected to form over the next day or so.


Aviation: Hate it when the passenger in front reclines their seat abruptly? Delta has a fix

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By Katia Hetter, CNN — As I flew Delta Air Lines from Chicago to Atlanta on Thursday in coach, I spent a few minutes guessing if the tall man in front of me would recline his seat.
 
I wanted to work,