Weather Video: Sunday concerns + a gale westerly change coming next week

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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.

October - what to expect weatherwise

Welcome to the first day of October - here's the outlook for October. We'll keep it simple, focusing on headlines mainly:

Weather Video (Thurs) - Big downpours in NZ & big storm hits South Australia

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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.

Tristram Clayton talks to Philip Duncan about NZ & Australia weather

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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.

South Australia: Power 'gradually' returning after blackout plunged entire state into darkness

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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:

Is the Indian Ocean's "El Nino" affecting New Zealand? (x4 InfoGraphics)

Most read story of the week ---- The Indian Ocean Dipole is currently underway. Never heard of it before? Don't worry, you're not alone. It's basically the Indian Ocean's version of "El Nino".

Weather Video (Weds) - Another Australia low coming our way

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.

Upcoming Weekend Weather: One big high & one big low

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.

Weather Video (Weds) - Aussie weather affecting NZ this weekend, also summer?

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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 briefly explains just what the heck is going on over Australia and New Zealand at the moment weather-wise.

Aussie low this weekend unlikely to repeat last weekend's flooding in lower North Island

Updated Wednesday PM --- As 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.