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NZ seeing 'the worst' of fire season

Tue, 14/02/2017 - 17:32
New Zealand is now experiencing the worst of the fire season, a top officer says, with a dangerous combination of high temperatures and low relative humidity creating "trigger point" conditions across eastern hot-spots.A more extreme...

West Coast in line for more sun next month in one of the coldest, wettest summers in years

Tue, 14/02/2017 - 17:09
The West Coast may finally be in line for more better days than bad ones next month, a national forecaster says, as the region suffers through one of its wettest and coldest summers in memory. What started out as a sizzling tourist...

Crews fighting fire in high spirits

Tue, 14/02/2017 - 12:24
It's a long, hot slog fighting a fire as big and complex as the one in the Hawke's Bay in the blazing heat. But it's also satisfying work. Yesterdayfirefighters worked shifts of up to 15 hours to battle the inferno south of Hastings,...

Gales for Hawke's Bay as blazes continue

Tue, 14/02/2017 - 08:33
Gales will continue to pummel Hawke's Bay south of Hastings this morning, posing a threat to large firefighting operations in the region. The strong winds should begin to ease as the day goes on, but the Metservice has issued...

Fire-plagued Hawke's Bay declares state of emergency, while storms strike Dunedin and Wellington

Tue, 14/02/2017 - 06:00
New Zealand's wild summer weather continues, with a state of emergency declared in fire-plagued Hawke's Bay, while the deep south was hit by a furious storm.One Hawke's Bay home was destroyed by the fire, while residents in 23 homes...

Heavy rain for South Island as wild weather hits

Mon, 13/02/2017 - 17:56
The heavens opened on Dunedin this afternoon, bringing thunder and pelting the city with hail as more wild weather hits the country this summer.The Dunedin public library was evacuated and reports are coming in of other buildings...

Explained: The summer of our (mostly) discontent

Mon, 13/02/2017 - 15:18
It's a question summer-deprived Wellingtonians couldn't be blamed for asking: Why is Australia sweltering in a heat wave while their own city hasn't broken 25C all season?The answer is a complex one, but meteorologists can offer...

Wild weather hits capital while north swelters

Mon, 13/02/2017 - 07:33
Inner harbour ferry sailings are cancelled this morning as more wild weather lashes the capital. Gale force winds with gusts up to 120km/h are whipping parts of central New Zealand and heavy rain is falling in the west of the South...

Thousands sign petition to ban Parklea Markets selling pets

Sun, 12/02/2017 - 15:32
Tens of thousands of angry animal lovers have signed a petition demanding a Sydney market stop selling pets, after pictures of distressed, caged puppies suffering in Friday's 44C heat emerged on social media.The RSPCA and NSW police...

It's so hot in central Queensland you can fry an egg on the bonnet of your car

Sun, 12/02/2017 - 14:03
It is so hot in Queensland at the moment that you can literally fry an egg on the bonnet of your car.Yesterday afternoon a Queensland police officer demonstrated the infamous trick in a video posted online by the state's police...

Poll: New Zealand summer needs to be hotter

Sat, 11/02/2017 - 15:56
Summer has been running hot and cold for New Zealanders.A WeatherWatch poll has found 54 per cent of New Zealanders want "many more" hot days or say that it doesn't even feel like summer.But another 38 per cent say summer has...

Weather: Hot but wet weekend ahead

Sat, 11/02/2017 - 06:00
If you are thinking of hanging out the washing this weekend - best do it today as rain is expected to blow in tomorrow.A mostly fine day is expected over New Zealand today with a few showers affecting the southwest of the South...

Heatwave closes beaches as record-breaking temperatures blast Australia

Fri, 10/02/2017 - 21:44
Some of Queensland and New South Wales' most popular beaches have been closed due to dangerous surf conditions, as the mercury climbs towards 40C.And in Queensland, at least, it may remain that way throughout the weekend, with powerful...

'Thundersnow' storm pummels the USA's Northeast

Fri, 10/02/2017 - 16:21
The biggest storm to hit the northeastern parts of the United States this winter dropped 30cm or more of snow along the New York-to-Boston corridor on Thursday, turning roads treacherous, grounding flights and giving millions of people...

Weather: Sunny start to the weekend, but rain expected on Sunday

Fri, 10/02/2017 - 06:00
Fine conditions will welcome in the weekend for most of the country, but rain - sometimes heavy - is forecast to head our way on Sunday.Temperatures are expected to stay high - in the late teens and early to mid-twenties - over...

Welcome rain soaks east Northland but other regions left parched

Thu, 09/02/2017 - 12:12
Drought-stricken parts of Northland have had a welcome burst of heavy rain but it may be the last the region sees of rain clouds for another fortnight.Weatherwatch.co.nz said a narrow but substantial band of rain formed over the...

Northern NZ under heavy rain watch as south shivers

Wed, 08/02/2017 - 10:28
Relief is in sight for drought-stricken parts of New Zealand with heavy rain expected across the north today. Temperatures in the deep south have taken an autumnal dive as a cool change sweeps across the country today.A weather...

Sydney deluge: A month's rain in an hour, threatens building

Tue, 07/02/2017 - 18:39
An apartment building in Sydney's inner west has been evacuated, as it threatens to collapse into a flooded water hole behind it.A member of the public reported concerns for the Marrickville building's structural integrity, after...

Rain on horizon for drought-stricken East Coast, Northland

Tue, 07/02/2017 - 10:40
Drought-stricken - and extremely dry - regions of New Zealand can rejoice as rain is forecast this week.WeatherWatch.co.nz's Philip Duncan is today forecasting rain for Northland, Hawke's Bay and Gisborne, with a minimum of 20mm...

Sunny weather turning to rain for some parts - but temperatures still high

Tue, 07/02/2017 - 06:00
Scorching temperatures and sunny skies have been the norm for most of the country over the past few days, but rain is forecast for some parts this week.A severe weather watch has been issued by the MetService for Dunedin, Southern...

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