North Island

InfoGraphic: The Big Picture for Wednesday / Thursday

Wednesday sees an increasing northerly quarter airflow over New Zealand while a deepening low drops into the Tasman Sea from the tropics, this deep and large low affects the country on Thursday bringing gale winds and heavy rain for the South Island. Heavy rain may also affect the North Island from afternoon.

InfoGraphic: The Big Picture for Tuesday

A ridge lies over New Zealand today bringing more mainly settled and hot weather.

Another scorcher today, especially for the east of the South Island. Apart from some cloud here and there as indicated on the graphic below conditions are mainly sunny. Northerlies get a little gusty through Cook Strait.

InfoGraphic: The Big Picture for Tuesday / Wednesday

A ridge hangs over New Zealand on Tuesday then a northerly quarter airflow builds on Wednesday ahead of a deep low pressure system dropping into the Tasman Sea out of the tropics.

InfoGraphic: The Big Picture for Monday

An anticyclone keeps conditions mainly settled and sunny for New Zealand today, temperatures becoming hot this afternoon for some inland areas.

North Island thunderstorm outbreak - flash flooding, hail risks

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UPDATED 6:38pm --- BREAKING NEWS --- As forecast daytime heating plus humidity is leading to severe thunderstorms with a rapid outbreak currently moving across Bay of Plenty and Central Plateau. says the downpours are dramatically developing and people should be indoors if they can hear thunder.

RainWatch - Friday 26th January 2018

An anticyclone covers New Zealand today, remnants from a southerly change on Thursday evening brings a mostly cloudy day for the eastern South Island.

RainWatch - Thursday 25th January 2018

A ridge hangs over New Zealand today, becoming unstable this afternoon / evening about some inland parts of both islands.

RainWatch - Wednesday 24th January 2018

A ridge of high pressure brings mainly settled and hot weather to New Zealand today.

Dramatic looking severe thunderstorm rumbles over Napier and Hastings (Photos & Video)

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There are some intense downpours around the North Island but Hawke's Bay is currently witnessing the biggest and most dramatic looking one.

Photos and videos are now coming in to our social media pages showing this intense storm.

Remember, when thunder roars, stay indoors.


Tuesday Thunderstorm threat for North Island

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Hot plus humid equals a good chance for downpours and thunderstorms today across the North Island.