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.
NZ Herald Focus video -- From the thunderstorms and heavy downpours around the upper North Island this week to the storm in Australia right now and what that means for New Zealand this weekend and next week, NZH Focus talks to Philip Duncan to discuss the current set up and forecast for the second week of the school holidays.
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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New Zealand's looking at a change in the weather pattern - or at least North Islanders are - as low after low from Australia moves in bringing mild air, plenty of cloudy, and the odd day with set in heavy rain.
This weekend is no different - as a large low from Australia looms for northern New Zealand.
A large high pressure system south of New Zealand later this week will expand across the South Island on Saturday bringing light winds and even afternoon cloud build-ups with showers inland (like Central Otago). With the spring equinox on Friday we typically expect windy westerlies at this time of the year - but Saturday looks calm over the South Island with mostly dry, settled, weather.
The North Island's weather is now being affected by Australia's new wetter, more humid, weather pattern.
Are we shaping up for a wet summer? Philip Duncan from WeatherWatch.co.nz briefly explains just what the heck is going on over Australia and New Zealand at the moment weather-wise.
Updated Wednesday PM --- As WeatherWatch.co.nz forecast last Friday yet another low is headed to New Zealand this coming weekend - and while it's following the pattern of previous rain bands it's unlikely to bring another weekend of localised slips and floods to the same parts of the North Island hit last weekend.