North Island


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.

Why did Auckland get slammed by damaging winds last night?

Damaging hurricane force winds of over 200km/h roared across Auckland last night but did weather forecasters see it coming? The answer is both yes and no.


InfoGraphic: The Big Picture for Wednesday

A strong cold southwesterly airflow covers New Zealand on Wednesday, easing over the South Island later in the day as a ridge of high pressure starts to push in.


Update: Colder change moving into northern NZ with gales peaking tonight/overnight

UPDATED 9:06pm --- Colder air continues to move northwards this evening as the centre of the low causing the extra winds makes landfall in the western Waikato / South Auckland area. The public rain radar shows the centre moving in as of now/mid evening.


Cold change grinding northwards up NZ, more to come tonight & Wednesday (+4 Maps)

It's a cold, wet and windy day across many parts of New Zealand but the warmth is holding on to the north... for now.

As of 2pm the deepening low over the North Island was temporarily holding the southerly change from spreading further northwards, with windy but fairly warm westerlies still blowing over the top third of the country.