More heavy rain coming to western New Zealand (+Maps)

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A deepening low in the Tasman Sea will push against a blocking high to our east for the start of the new working week and that means a period of wind and rain for much of New Zealand.

Sunday's national forecast - it's getting hotter!

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Today the heat lifts even further with Southland likely to reach the 30 degree mark along with other inland areas further south.

Meanwhile the North Island only reaches the mid-20s (generally speaking) for many, but with much higher humidity it will feel like the low 30s for some.

More restless, sleepless nights coming due to warmth and humidity

Struggle falling asleep last night? Struggle to stay asleep? The humid, warm weather overnight in northern New Zealand saw some places in the low to 20 mid 20s at midnight.

For those opening windows there hasn't been much of a breeze - plus flies and mosquitoes also causes issues for some sleepers.

Afternoon thunderstorms and heavy downpours this weekend in NZ - we track where (+3 Maps)

An area of lower air pressure over the Tasman sea is slowly approaching New Zealand.

Between this area of low pressure to the west and a high pressure system to the east, sub-tropical northerly winds dominate over the entire country. 

New Zealand: Expected rainfall totals across Friday and Saturday (+8 Maps)

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A weak area of low pressure in the eastern Tasman Sea will fall apart today but lend a helping hand to creating afternoon downpours and thunderstorms in the North Island's interior and some more wet weather in the west.

Heavy rain causes flooding in Greymouth (+3 PHOTOS)

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Heavy rain yesterday, overnight and this morning has lead to flooding in Greymouth on the West Coast with more rain coming according to

Despite news of droughts being made official in more places today the heavy rain is too much of a good thing with flooding occuring in the past hour or so.

Over 100mm of rain is possible from this event.

Next week: Spring-like pattern for half the country will bring rain to both islands

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A day by day forecast for next week --- If you're in the South Island and lower North Island the weather pattern next week will shift more spring-like - and by that we mean cold fronts, windy spells and a variety in daytime temperatures.

South Island rain on Thursday shifts to North Island downpours on Friday (+4 Maps)

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A weak area of low pressure in the Tasman Sea is fuelling rain clouds around the South Island with heavy rain on the West Coast with this event potentially dropping over 100mm for some there.

On Friday the system falls apart but will bring more moisture in the air into the North Island and coupled with daytime heating there may be some big downpours popping up inland during the day.

NZ next few days: Rain, sun, thunderstorms and growing heat (+5 Maps)

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The next few days sees patchy rain moving up the South Island placing moisture in the North Island and with daytime heating it will likely create afternoon thunderstorms and downpours.

Meanwhile cooler weather in the lower South Island will be replaced with hotter weather by the weekend.

Rest of this week: Small low to develop over NZ (+5 Maps)

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Persistent wet weather is going to affect the West Coast with big fluctuations in daytime temperatures for some in the south too.

The second week of 2018 is dominated by a developing area of low pressure over the South Island pushing patchy areas of rain and showers around the island and even into parts of the North Island by the end of the week.