New Zealand and Australia's 2016/17 Tropical Cyclone season officially begins on Tuesday this week.
Yesterday was calm in many regions - today is much windier as the westerly change from Australia finally kicks in. Traditionally the spring westerlies arrive a couple of weeks earlier, but as you know this year the weather pattern has been behaving differently in a number of ways.
Think it's been wet in some parts of New Zealand? It has been, especially in the North Island - but it pales in comparison to the downpours happening around the tropics (which is normal!).
A classic spring set up is on the way next week for our part of the world and a tremendously large area of low pressure will form south of New Zealand while a large area of high pressure forms north of us - resulting in a big strong westerly air flow over New Zealand for next week.
The westerly change arrived yesterday - but will ramp up properly this weekend and next week.
We've had a wet week of easterlies, especially in the north. This weekend the winds blow back from the west (by Sunday) with a chance of very localised flooding as the Aussie storm unravels but leaves warm downpours moving in.
More slow moving heavy downpours are affecting parts of the North Island today with drizzly falls (and isolated heavy falls) into the South Island.
The forecast for New Zealand remains similar for the next day or two - but a giant storm in South Australia is coming our way this Sunday.
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Power is gradually being turned back on across parts of South Australia but much of the state remains in darkness after a widespread blackout.
But more wild weather is on the way, with an intense low-pressure system expected to cross the state on Thursday.
Late on Wednesday, emergency services had announced the following:
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