North Island


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

A front pushes northwards over the country today with northwesterly winds ahead of the front and changing southwest in behind. A west to northwesterly airflow over New Zealand on Thursday as an anticyclone sits west of the North Island in the Tasman Sea. A front pushes northwards on Friday however it will weaken considerably as it goes northwards.


InfoGraphic: The Big Picture on Wednesday

A front moves off the upper South Island on Wednesday morning then onto the North Island in the afternoon, clearing away overnight. Winds northwest ahead of the front then changing southwest in behind. A strong Westerly airflow lies over the lower South Island for much of the day.


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

A high sits in the Tasman Sea today 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. A west to northwesterly airflow over New Zealand on Thursday as an anticyclone sits west of the North Island in the Tasman Sea.


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.


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.


PHOTO: Mt Taranaki covered in summer snow

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It does happen from time to time, but heavy snow on Mt Taranaki in the middle of summer is always an odd sight.

While the weak La Nina failed to bring in the warm and dry easterlies for Taranaki this summer instead the more neutral west to south west flow out of the Southern Ocean areas has dominated - and the low on Thursday helped dredge up more cold air. 


InfoGraphic: The Big Picture on Saturday

Saturday sees a north to northeasterly airflow increase over New Zealand during the day then a large and deep low moves towards the western side of South Island later in the day / overnight.


The calm after (and before?) the storm

The weather gods delivered a king-hit of heavy rains and high winds over the country yesterday, causing flash flooding and closing off roads due to slips.

Things are looking better for many parts of New Zealand today.

However, another weather system is forecast to head our way tomorrow, again bringing heavy rain to the South Island and strong gusts south of the North Island.


RainWatch - Friday 20th January

A southwesterly airflow lies over New Zealand today, easing later on as a ridge moves in.

RainWatch is a series during the weekdays, giving a snapshot about where around New Zealand areas of precipitation may affect your day - This is the last RainWatch we will be issuing till late December 2017.


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

Southwesterlies lie over New Zealand today with a ridge pushing in later on. Saturday sees our brief lasting ridge slip away to the east then a large and deep low moves towards the western side of New Zealand later in the day / overnight.