27C in Hawke's Bay, 25 in Chch, 100km/h winds in Wellington

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It's a busy spring weather day across New Zealand with temperatures up to 27 degrees in Hawke's Bay, 25 in Christchurch and NW gales in Wellington gusting around 100km/h.

Here are's main New Zealand weather highlights across your Monday afternoon:

Weather Video: A low, a high, a cold front & sun - the week ahead

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This week is a typical messy spring week, kicking off with hot weather in the east today (up into the late 20s!) but a cooler change arriving in the South Island.

Hotter day in the east today, cooler in the south (x4 Maps)

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A warm nor'west flow over the country today will boost temperatures into the mid to late 20s this afternoon in the east of the North Island while Cantebury and Marlborough feel the warmth further south, in the low 20s.

Around dawn this morning parts of Canterbury were already in the low 20s while parts of Hawkes Bay were already at 24 degrees (near Wairoa).

Spring Equinox in NZ was at 8:02am, Saturday

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The spring equinox in the Southern Hemisphere was on Saturday, for New Zealand it was at precisely 8:02am - not that you'll notice it this weekend as it's a slow process that takes another couple weeks to really show up.

Weather Video: A busy weekend: Election, Equinox, Daylight Saving

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As we head into the weekend a large low pressure system is crossing the North Island. The centre of the low tracked across Auckland City on Friday morning with calm conditions and showers.

Weather no excuse not to vote on Election Day - looking good across NZ

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Updated 9:50am Saturday: Each General Election for the past decade has provided special updates across Election Day, letting you know best times to get out and vote and how to avoid any possible severe weather.

In the past New Zealand has had gales, torrential rain and hail on election day - our elections are held in spring afterall!

Aussie's weekend heatwave to affect parts of NZ Sunday and Monday

It is going to be exceptionally hot this weekend in New South Wales, with much of New Zealand benefiting from it on Sunday and/or Monday.

Australia's weekend heat wave is being forecast to break September records, with temperatures soaring as high as 40 degrees Celsius inland and even Sydney may hit 36C.

Weather Video: A heatwave in Aussie will also affect parts of NZ this Sun & Mon

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Another low is crossing the country over Thursday and Friday, mainly impacting the North Island. While it’s fairly sizeable it’s also fairly weak - with most rain or showers fairly patchy.

There may be a few heavier downpours with isolated thunder here and there but generally speaking this low is tracking eastwards and will fade away on Friday.

Weather Video: Next low for NZ, plus we track major Hurricane Maria

Wednesday is one of the nicest days of the week for New Zealand ahead of the next low pressure system coming in on Thursday and Friday, mostly for the North Island but also brushing the upper half of the South Island.

Photo(s) of the Day: Gorgeous spring day across New Zealand!

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Without a doubt today is the best day of the week for most New Zealand regions - with plenty of sunny skies, warm winds and mostly harmless clouds. Southland has already reached 20 degrees, as have northern parts of the country.