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Tuesday's national forecast

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A northwesterly airflow gradually strengthens over the South Island and lower North Island today while a ridge sits over the upper North Island. A front moves onto the lower South Island overnight.

InfoGraphic: The Big Picture on Tuesday

A high sits in the Tasman Sea on Tuesday as a westerly quarter airflow gradually builds, mainly in the south.

For the upper North Island expect morning cloud to break to a mostly sunny afternoon, winds mostly from the west or southwest. The Bay Of Plenty has a mainly sunny day from morning with winds tending northeast in the afternoon.


Spring-like pattern set to continue into February for many regions

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Another January day and another round of complaints on social media about the 'awful' weather impacting some of our biggest centres. Wellingtonians and others in the lower North Island are enjoying Anniversary Day today but for many it will be a windy, wet, day.

It's windy, wet and cool in Dunedin too as the back end of the weekend storm tracks by.


InfoGraphic: The main Weather News Highlights across NZ for next 3 days

A strong southwesterly airflow gradually eases over New Zealand today as a large low east of the South Island continues to move away. A high sits in the Tasman Sea on Tuesday as a westerly quarter airflow gradually builds, mainly in the south. A front pushes northwards over the country on Wednesday with northwesterly winds ahead of the front and changing southwest in behind.


Monday's national forecast

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A strong southwesterly airflow gradually eases over New Zealand today as a large low east of the South Island continues to move away.

Phil Duncan: When is summer coming?

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Storms, high winds, heavy rain and even ice... What has happened to our summer and will it improve.


Sunday's national forecast

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Upper North Island

Mostly cloudy with occasional showers, dry spells at times too more so about Northland. Strong northerlies change gusty westerly this morning. Rain about Bay Of Plenty may be heavy this morning, easing to showers by midday.

Lower North Island


Poll Results: Summer sux!

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It's probably not a surprise but the majority of New Zealanders who voted in WeatherWatch.co.nz's most recent poll say this summer is "awful".

61% responded to the question "Are you disappointed with the summer weather?" with "Yes, it's awful!".

Just one quarter (25%) of those who voted say summer is "Pretty good".

14% couldn't make up their mind.


Dry parts of NZ: Sunday's rain may be the last for January & early February

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While rain during the weekends in summer is often considered poorly timed WeatherWatch.co.nz has advice for those who need rain: Make the most of what falls tonight and Sunday, it may be your last for a while.


Saturday's national forecast

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Upper North Island

A few sunny spells however high cloud will thicken, the odd light shower possible from evening then expect overnight rain. North to northeasterly winds pick up from afternoon becoming strong about some coastal areas overnight.

Lower North Island