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Showers next week won't do much for drought zones - but some small pockets of relief (+3 Maps)

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Rain/showers icons are popping up a little more next week in drought affected northern New Zealand but it may not be as wet as you might think.

A new easterly flow will develop for a time, encouraging some extra humidity and cloud into the upper North Island. Drizzle and morning showers are possible, so too are some even more isolated afternoon showers.

Big Dry over northern NZ increasing - A drought is forming (+6 Maps)

Back in September 2019 alluded to northern NZ catching Australia's dry - now even more dry weather is forecast.

Australia: Rain has helped slow the bush fires, but it's far from a knockout blow

Rain across firegrounds in south-eastern Australia has slowed several blazes, but failed to provide the knockout blow authorities had hoped for.

Light to moderate falls over the past week have helped firefighters, however the NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) said more than 60 blazes were still burning.

VIDEO: Drought risk increasing in NZ as hotter, drier, weather sets in

The big dry over northern and eastern parts of New Zealand is getting even drier - and hotter. Airflows out of Australia and the sub-tropics, coupled with a large amount of high pressure keeps NZ drier than average in most places.

Cyclone Tino to churn up NZ's North Island beaches next week (+6 Maps)

Tropical Cyclone Tino is approaching Fiji today, Tonga on Saturday and by early next week the storm will be an ex-cyclone near New Zealand.

In fact next week the remnants of Tino will rapidly intensify as the cyclone leaves the tropics and becomes extra-tropical. (This process shifts the core of the storm from having warm air to cold air).

Cyclone threat to Fiji & Tonga next 48 hours, threat to NZ beaches Mon & Tue (+7 Maps)

A tropical cyclone is likely to be named later today by the Fiji Met Service as the depression deepens and sets a track to Fiji, Tonga and east of NZ.

Latest guidance still suggests the storm will be developing and deepening as it crosses Fiji on Friday and Friday night with the storm likely peaking in power on Saturday as it departs Fiji and approaches Tonga.

Australia: Finally, some rain for the bushfires and drought regions (+6 Maps)

Rain clouds are building around the Australian bushfires and drought zones for Thursday, Friday and possibly the weekend too.

Fiji & Tonga brace for direct impact by potential cyclone, alert for some NZ beaches (+9 Maps)

A tropical storm is developing and forecasters expect it to become a tropical cyclone by Wednesday or Thursday with Fiji exposed to a direct hit on Friday, then Tonga this Saturday. New Zealand is unlikely to have a direct hit but the storm may influence beach conditions here creating for dangerous conditions despite the sunny weather here.

Sizeable cyclone may brush NZ in 7 days time, Fiji & Tonga more exposed

The tropics are becoming very active north of NZ with saying conditions are ideal for Tropical Cyclone formation this coming week.