North Island

Ice warning for Napier-Taupo road, gales in Far North

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Motorists are being urged to take care on the Napier-Taupo Road due to icy conditions.

Police said that two minor crashes had occurred in the past two hours near the summit of the road.

Beach poison warnings extended

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Warnings have been posted on another Auckland beach as more mystery poisoning cases emerge.

Showers march north

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Showers will this afternoon continue to spread northwards across western and northern parts of New Zealand.

As off 11:30am showers, some heavy, were moving in to King Country, South Waikato and Central Plateau.

In to the afternoon showers will spread into Auckland and Northland, one or two isolated showers may be briefly heavy. 

Heavy rain for Gisborne, possibly Northland

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A sub-tropical low currently developing north of New Zealand is expected to bring heavy rain to Gisborne and East Cape with the potential for heavy downpours in Northland.

More heavy rain on the way

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More heavy rain is on the way for the North Island tomorrow as another sub-tropical low forms.  But, will the low bring more flooding problems to Northland?

High cloud moves in

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A deep low is expected to rapidly develop over the next 24 hours bringing a wet and windy few days to northern New Zealand.   High cloud is already moving in to Auckland with shower activity in northern parts of Northland.

More thundery showers

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More torrential showers and isolated thunderstorms are moving in to western parts of the North Island today.

From Taranaki right up to Northland the Lightning Tracker is picking up thunderstorms near the coast, although they are mostly expected to come ashore between southern parts of Northland and Waikato.

Storms persist in Northland overnight

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Housing NZ will today begin fixing dozens of Kaitaia houses damaged by a tornado that ripped through the small Far North community, smashing windows, felling trees and forcing people from their homes.

Torrential showers spread back to northern NZ

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Check our free and live Lightning Tracker - close to 500 strikes per hour this evening.

More heavy showers and thunderstorms are spreading across northern New Zealand Sunday night and across Monday morning. 

Where were the thunderstorms?

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The skies over northern New Zealand were mostly quiet last night despite a thunderstorm watch by MetService that included the risk of severe thunderstorms and tornadoes. 

So, what is the different between a thunderstorm WATCH and a thunderstorm WARNING?