North Island


Auckland's power cuts highlight need for better understanding of tree ownership responsibility

A frightening moment for a Vector crew as a massive tree came crashing down next to them just moments after repairing downed lines has prompted calls for Aucklanders to better understand their responsibilities of owning trees near power lines.


InfoGraphic: The Big Picture for Monday / Tuesday

A front pushes over New Zealand this morning coming in from the west then both the North and South Islands can expect a breezy westerly airflow for the rest of the day. A cold front pushes northwards over the South Island early on Tuesday then the North Island in the afternoon and evening, meanwhile another cold front lands onto the lower South Island in the afternoon.


Monday's weather outlook

A front pushes over New Zealand on Monday morning then both the North and South Islands can expect a breezy westerly airflow for the rest of the day.


Vector still working around the clock to switch all of Auckland back on after hurricane force winds

Branches heavy enough to crush cars and buildings, roofing iron ripped off and blown at speeds faster than the limit on our open roads, just a taste of what the network of powerlines and powerpoles across Auckland faced on Tuesday night as hurricane force winds hit Auckland with gusts over 200km/h.


InfoGraphic: The Big Picture for Saturday / Sunday

A band of rain lies over the upper North Island on Saturday while a weak high east of the South Island directs and easterly quarter airflow over the rest of New Zealand. A northerly quarter airflow increases on Sunday.


InfoGraphic: The Big Picture for Friday / Saturday

A cool southwesterly airflow eases over the country today, a finger of moisture stretches out from the Tasman later in the day bringing some rain to the western North Island. This rain hangs over parts of the upper North Island on Saturday while an easterly quarter winds cover the rest of the country.


InfoGraphic: The Big Picture for Friday

A cool southwesterly airflow eases over the country on Friday, a finger of moisture stretches out from the Tasman later in the day bringing some rain to the western North Island.

A few showers pepper many regions around New Zealand on Friday, for the South Island it's mainly in the morning. Expect plenty of long dry areas also.


InfoGraphic: The Big Picture for Thursday / Friday

A ridge lies over New Zealand this morning however it then gets quickly shoved away as a front moves onto the lower South Island late morning, reaching the North Island in the evening. A cool southwesterly airflow eases over the country on Friday, a finger of moisture stretches out from the Tasman later in the day bringing some rain to the western North Island.


InfoGraphic: The Big Picture for Thursday

The ridge lies over the country on Thursday morning however it then gets quickly shoved away as a front moves onto the lower South Island late morning, reaching the North Island in the evening.

A cold or frosty start for many inland areas on Thursday morning.


Special Weather Video: What caused the Auckland gales & what lies ahead for NZ?

It was an exceptionally rough night in Auckland with well over 150 power outages and hundreds of thousands of people left in the dark. Power remains out for a large portion of the city as we reach the middle of Wednesday.
 
The strong damaging winds were forecast but the level of the winds was definitely a notch higher, causing far more widespread issues.