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Your Guy Fawkes & Melbourne Cup forecasts

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

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.


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:



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