Queenslanders are on high alert today as Cyclone Debbie north west of New Zealand continues to intensify and head directly towards the Sunshine State.
Eastern Australia's set up of a blocking high to the east with sub-tropical downpours being fed from the north is heading to the North Island this Sunday and Monday says WeatherWatch.co.nz. With it comes the chance of localised flooding.
A low in the Tasman Sea will deepen today and Friday and spread into the North Island on Saturday and Sunday.
A low pressure system is this weekend expected to move into the North Island bringing an increase in humidity, cloud and then rain. WeatherWatch.co.nz says the low is not a storm but due to it connecting with sub-tropical air and pulling that down to northern New Zealand there is, once again, the chance of localised heavy downpours.
Monday is a special time in astronomy. This is when the sun's direct rays are crossing over the Earth's equator from the southern hemisphere to the northern hemisphere.
Okay, that's great but what does it mean? It means that the equinox is here, and astronomically speaking, autumn has officially begun in the Southern Hemisphere under the astronomical calendar.
WeatherWatch.co.nz has been sent this fantastic photo from the North Island's Coromandel Peninsula early this morning.
Taken by Maree Norris the bright glow of the not-yet-risen sun has created some cool shadows/reflections on the beach.
Thanks for uploading and sharing the photo with us Maree!
Will wet weather from Australia come our way? That's what we're looking into as high pressure is again dominating New Zealand for Thursday with another high pressure system expected to move in this weekend. At the same time the sub-tropical rains on the northern side of the high are being fed directly into Australia and may well cause problems for them for the remainder of March.
WOMAD, New Zealand's world festival celebrating music, art and dance is on this Friday, Saturday and Sunday in New Plymouth.
The forecast looks fantastic this year thanks to a big high over the country.
The air pressure & rain map below is 4pm Friday showing the three day festival kicking off with settled weather.