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.

Dangerous offshore low causing swells, rips, rain and gales (+3 Maps)

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A low located to the east of North Island has stayed almost in the same position for a few days and is today deepening and drifting a little closer to eastern regions.

Boxing Day: Some rain moving through along with a cool down for many (+4 Maps)

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A cold front is crossing the country and with it comes a temperature drop and a bit of rain. Much of the rain will be patchy and drizzly with light to moderate falls, however a few isolated spots will get heavier downpours.