Weather Video: We track the wet weather this week + the first Xmas day outlook!

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We have some wet weather around a few regions of New Zealand today and tomorrow as a very weak southerly flow moves northwards. has had some great reports for farmers desperate for rain getting enough overnight for puddles to form.

Cooler air for Wednesday but still warmer than average for many (+2 Maps)

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The southerly flow spreading up the country continues into Wednesday with temperatures dropping to more normal, refreshing, levels for many.

Those most affected by the cooler air will be in southern and eastern facing regions of both islands.

However there will still be a significant portion of New Zealand that remains 2 to 8 degrees above average.

Droughts are not 'declared' - so what makes a drought 'Official'?

Filed in: head forecaster Philip Duncan speaks with the Ministry for Primary Industries to make sense of it all.

Parts of New Zealand are very dry now, which is concerning many farmers and growers up and down the country with many asking us if we are going into a drought.

But what actually is a drought and who decides if we are in one?  

Tuesday: Cooler in the South Island's east, but hotter than normal elsewhere

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A refreshing change is coming for parts of the South Island on Tuesday with parts of Canterbury possibly as much sa 20 degrees cooler at the warmest part of the day compared to last Friday when temperatures hit the mid to late 30s.

Fiordland drier than Alice Springs...what the heck?! (+2 Maps)

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Fiordland - one of the wettest places on earth - has had less rain that desert parts of central Australia over the past 30 days.

While New Zealand has been stuck under high pressure for much of the past month many inland, southern and eastern parts of Australia have been much wetter than average.

Weather Video: Some wet and cooler weather this week

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The week ahead sees a bit of a change in our pattern - we’re getting a southerly. It may not be the coldest or strongest but it will help drop temperatures in many areas back to where they should be for least for two or three days anyway.

A cooler week coming, but for most it's still warmer than average (+Maps from Mon-Fri)

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A cool down is coming, especially for those in the very south and east of both islands, but for many areas the week ahead remains warmer than average or average.

Inland areas are least likely to feel the cool down, although on Friday the Central North Island will be cooler and eastern areas even for more for them.

Sunday's national forecast - showers here and there

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Today a cold front moving up the West Coast falls apart as it moves across Cook Strait and into higher pressure over the North Island.

A weaker southerly may cool things in some coastal parts of the South Island's south east while around Bay of Plenty and Coromandel Peninsula in the North Island humid northerlies will produce cloud and some drizzle with the odd heavier shower.

Next week comes the big cool down for most, but not all (+2 Maps)

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The first big cool down since October is coming. The forecast high for parts of Otago today is around 30 degrees. By Wednesday some areas may only make it to 12 as a southerly flow spreads up and over much of the country.

Weather Video: Your weekend forecast + a cold change next week

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Rain is moving into the West Coast today and tomorrow with some heavy falls in the mountains and a few spits making it further east.

By Sunday the fronts will have fallen apart and the North Island looks mainly dry apart from a few showers here and there.

It remains warm to hot over the next few days and into the start of next week.