It's been another absolutely jam packed weather week around the world, with Australia hogging most of the headlines in this part of the world after heatwaves, bushfire warnings and hailstorms - to name just a few of the stories coming across the Tasman.
A westerly quarter airflow lies over the country today, showery conditions mainly in the west with predominantly sunnier and drier weather out east.
Tomorrow is looking like a strengthening west to northwesterly airflow over the country, with showers for western regions while staying dry in the east.
Showers in the west of the North Island will stick around for most of the morning but run out of puff by the afternoon, to leave things mostly dry.
We take a look over the Tasman at Brisbane, where golf ball-sized hailstones caused havoc after a supercell storm swept through the city yesterday.
Then we turn attention back home, where a cold southerly change is in the offing this weekend, but we shouldn't expect the same severity as Australia.
There's a stern warning to the Government that it needs to urgently take a front seat in tackling climate change.
Parliamentary commissioner for the environment, Dr Jan Wright, predicts seas will rise by 30 centimetres by 2050.
She says while it may not sound much, its impact will be very costly for landowners.
A west to southwesterly airflow lies over the country today, most regions see showers for a time, the east coast of the North Island remains mostly dry till later this evening.
A flash hail storm cracks a driver's windscreen as a severe thunderstorm causes major damage across Brisbane.
As of 9pm last night NZT the ABC was reporting 82,000 homes were without power after the thunderstorms - described by one local as being "like a cyclone" as winds snapped trees in half and lifted roofs.
Check out this incredible footage from ABC news:
A large high pressure system - the first one in weeks to cover all of New Zealand - is still forecast to cross the nation next week, but it will have to wait patiently for a day or two while spring lingers.
TOP STORY --- A severe thunderstorm has caused major damage across Brisbane this evening with golf ball sized hail smashing through car windscreens, small planes overturned by damaging winds and flash flooding bringing central city traffic to a complete halt.
After weeks of rough winds, we're finally looking at a calm outlook for the country, though the west to southwesterly airflow sitting over most of NZ will lower temperatures in eastern regions.
The eastern North Island will cling on to warmer temperatures for most of tomorrow though, with those further south likely to notice it more.