North to northwesterly winds strengthen over the country today, generally dry and warm out east with increasing high cloud. Rain moving in onto the West Coast of the South Island.
With only one week of spring left (officially), we might expect things to start looking summer-y pretty soon...but it is looking like a slow transition, with the unsettled weather looking like sticking around until after the weekend at least!
We’re in the final week of spring (officially) and we have a very typical spring pattern in play. M
ore rain for the West Coast and Southland, more windy westerlies for both islands – but it may be the last of the current wind and rain!
Longreach in central-west Queensland has broken November heatwave records with an 11-day stretch of 40 degrees Celsius-plus temperatures, the weather bureau says.
The Bureau of Meteorology said Longreach topped 41 degrees Celsius on Sunday.
Cunnamulla also had its hottest November day since records began in 1907, with 44.1 degrees.
Wasps, an unsettled spring and fewer swan plants are believed to be the main reasons we're seeing so few Monarch butterflies this year.
Numbers are noticeably smaller than usual, but Monarch experts say it's not too late to help fix things.
A westerly airflow lies over the North Island today, periods of cloud in the west with the odd light shower about mainly this morning. Sunny out east however there is the risk of an isolated shower late afternoon / evening. Mostly sunny over the South Island however isolated showers late afternoon / evening about some parts of Southland and Otago.
This coming week looks fairly typical of spring, there won’t be as much unstable air in the mix as previous weeks so a sign summer is getting closer.
The death toll has risen to 13 from a killer snowstorm in western New York state, where rising temperatures and heavy rain will compound misery by causing severe flooding into next week.
South of Buffalo city, blizzards dumped a year's supply of snow in just days, bringing down 30 buildings, endangering mobile homes and paralysing communities.
While the last couple of weeks has seen its fair share of extreme weather, we've had a lot of correspondence from different parts of the country about how dry it's getting in places.