Rapidly deepening low to bring rain, severe gales and storm surge, flooding possible (+10 Maps)

DETAILED UPDATE --- Severe Weather Warnings have been issued for Norfolk island and many parts of New Zealand due to an incoming and rapidly deepening low.

PHOTOS x9 - Coastal flooding in Auckland before the low even arrives

With a rapidly deepening low, king tides and strong winds all helping to funnel more sea water into Auckland it's not surprising we're seeing some coastal flooding today.

WeatherWatcher Kyle Aitken says cricket fields, car parks and even one power transformer have been affected by the foreshore flooding ahead of the severe offshore storm.

Severe Storm to suddenly form as it reaches NZ on Thursday, then weakens (+12 Maps)

EXTENSIVE REPORT - UPDATED: A low is today forming offshore from Brisbane and is heading towards New Zealand, rapidly deepening, intensifying and reaching our shores by Thursday PM, air pressure down to 976hPa or maybe lower by early Friday morning.

Potential for Severe Storm to approach North Island this Thurs/Fri (+6 Maps)

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A deep low that can generate flooding rains, strong winds and dangerous beach conditions is in the forecast for the end of the week. 

It's still early days and the modelling may alter, but here's the latest:

New Zealand: Here's the forecast for the first day of 2018! (+2 Maps)

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Here's the forecast for January 1st across Aotearoa, New Zealand.


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Your official New Year's EVE forecast + midnight temperatures and 5 Maps

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FINAL UPDATE --- A front is moving into New Zealand bringing a cooler change in the south, some wet weather in the South Island and cloudy, mild and dry weather for most others.

Sunday's national forecast - the weather for the last day of 2017

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An active cold front will today push in from the Tasman Sea to the South Island's western coastline bringing rain with some heavy falls.

Elsewhere conditions remain mostly dry.

Most areas should be mild in the evening except for the lower half of the South Island which should have a cooler southerly by evening.

NZ's expected rainfall totals for the last weekend of 2017 (+Map)

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A large active cold front is moving across the Tasman Sea and will stretch from New Zealand to Australia this weekend.

The front will bring heavy rain and thunderstorms to Australia's east coast while here in New Zealand rain, possibly heavy, will push into the South Island's West Coast.

New Year's Eve: Powerful Tasman Sea cold front to fall apart as it arrives in NZ (+4 Maps)

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A significant cold front will cross the Tasman Sea this weekend bringing heavy rain to Fiordland and parts of the West Coast but will start to disintegrate as it heads north on New Year's Eve.