VIDEO: Smoke from Australia, a West Coast deluge and a Monday cool change

Our video this weekend is packed full of info as we track the raging Australian bush-fires and the huge smoke plume being generated across the Tasman Sea and parts of New Zealand.

We’re tracking the West Coast deluge as another 300mm+ is forecast for some areas with spillover into Lake Wanaka which is already flooding.

Australia on fire - Massive smoke clouds smother Sydney, cover NZ too

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Updated 8am NZDT/6am AEDT --- Bush fires along eastern Australia flared up Thursday with a huge pulse of smoke and dust crossing the Tasman Sea, covering parts of New Zealand and smothering Sydney with thick smoke.

Those suffering from asthma and allergies may be affected by the smoke in both Australia and NZ and closing doors and windows may help.

No video today - so here are 14 weather maps instead!

Apologies but we have no weather video update today, instead we have plenty of infographics and weather maps to look at covering up until Monday as this big low in the Southern Ocean finally moves in.

There is some severe weather to monitor:

No real end in sight for warmer than normal weather for NZ (+5 Maps)

Sub-tropical and nor'west airflows are keeping most of New Zealand warmer than average. Not just for the last half of November. Not just for the first week of December. But potentially into next week and beyond.

Southern Ocean storm intensifies, to briefly drift away before returning (+5 Maps)

The huge storm in the Southern Ocean near New Zealand and Tasmania will continue to deepen and intensify over the next 24 hours - but oddly in NZ our weather will ease a bit in most regions for a time. It's a bit of one step forwards one step backwards for the storm which will drift westwards back away from us over the next day or so, before moving back in.

VIDEO: Southern Ocean Storm - We track severe weather but also who misses out

In detail we track the journey of this storm in the Southern Ocean explaining why not everyone has severe weather and focusing on those who truly do have severe weather risks.

The storm is still intensifying but on Thursday drifts a little further away from NZ meaning winds and rain do ease back for a time for those who have it.

VIDEO: Southern Ocean storm to affect NZ until Sunday

We have the latest on the deep storm in the Southern Ocean. While it’s a long way from the North Island it will send a burst of rain there today but the days ahead don’t look too bad.

The South Island, on the other hand, has more heavy rain on the West Coast off and on until Sunday.

Southern Ocean storm: 9 Latest Maps + Forecast

Up to 250mm has fallen in some parts of the Southern Alps in just the past 24 hours and over the next few days another 250mm is coming. Today is likely to be the windiest day nationwide but the winds are warm, pushing much of the country above normal temperature-wise today and the whole country will again be above normal tonight.

VIDEO: Southern Ocean storm to alter NZ’s weather for a week

Special detailed update --- A storm is south of New Zealand but not everyone has bad weather this week, in fact some have more sun, dry and warmth while others have heavy rain and gales.

Sub-tropical winds keep temperatures above normal day and night (+Animation)

Thought last night was warm, or this morning? The sub-tropical flow that covers most of New Zealand is pushing temperatures well above normal nationwide and despite it easing across today in the South Island it may not be clearing from northern NZ all that fast.