Your Guy Fawkes & Melbourne Cup forecasts


November 5th is a busy day with fireworks celebrations in New Zealand and Melbourne Cup in Australia. 

GUY FAWKES - NEW ZEALAND:
The weather outlook for fireworks and bonfires tonight looks pretty good nationwide. Apart from some rain on the West Coast, mostly the southern half - and also some showers or patchy rain in Southland the rest of New Zealand is dry with mainly light winds. Around Welington a breezy to brisk Nor'Wester may be a bit problematic for some.

Again all of New Zealand is warmer than average today with some places over 10 degrees above normal as a heatwave continues inland through both islands. While perfect weather for being outdoors, it also heightens the risk of fires.

FIRE RISK - Many parts of New Zealand are dry and with a warm to hot day ahead please note scrub and grass fires may be highly likely in your area. Take extreme care and have water nearby.

ANIMALS - We know many animals don't like fireworks. Cats, dogs, horses in particular can be extremely stressed. Please consider animals, pets and nearby homes/farms.

7PM RAIN MAP:


MELBOURNE CUP
The forecast for the Melbourne Cup today looks excellent - dry and fast.

For the race at 3pm local time (5pm NZDT) the forecast looks DRY with a temperature of 17 degrees C.

Conditions look partly to mostly cloudy with westerly breezes of around 10km/h.

Wind Map for this afternoon:

- WeatherWatch.co.nz