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Special double weather Video: NZ's spring blast - what is coming this week?

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In Monday’s special double video we track Hurricane Irma and the spring blast currently hitting New Zealand with hail, snow, thunder and blustery winds.

The week ahead is looking milder as winds shift westerly and then more nor’west later in the week. More rain and showers are coming though - and more winds.


Video: Deep low for NZ this weekend + track Hurricane Irma

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A very deep low is approaching New Zealand on Saturday but will rapidly weaken as we head into Sunday.

It will bring more rain to the western side of both islands with perhaps the bulk of the rain crossing much of the North Island.


VIDEO with Philip Duncan: Spring blast for NZ and Hurricane Irma turns deadly

We’re tracking two systems again today, the classic spring blast around New Zealand and Category 5 Hurricane Irma which is churning through the Caribbean.

Firstly, in New Zealand the next two days will see more of the same - rain and showers in the west of both islands with isolated squalls, hail and thunder, most likely on the West Coast.


Deep low to cross southern New Zealand on Saturday, colder Sunday for many

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The centre of a very deep low in the Southern Ocean will cross/brush southern New Zealand on Saturday with various computer models agreeing the air pressure will be in the 960 hPa range for a time (deeper air pressure means the low is spinning faster and becoming more powerful).


Hurricane Irma: Powerful storm blamed for 3 deaths, 90% of Barbuda destroyed

Hurricane Irma is battering the northern Virgin Islands and hurtling toward Puerto Rico after smashing a string of small northern Caribbean islands, where at least three people were killed. CNN is reporting that up to 90% of Barbuda (an island Irma directly hit last night) has been destroyed.


Category 5 Hurricane Irma makes landfall, Absolutely stunning pressure drop

Hurricane Irma has made landfall in the Caribbean Islands as an historical Category 5 hurricane (and is still tracking towards Florida) - the island it made landfall on is tiny and will not impact the power of the storm.

A short time ago Irma crossed the island of Barbuda, home to around 2000 people. 

Incredibly, the air pressure fell 50hPa (millibars) in just one hour.


Double Forecast Video: Rough weather for NZ + Category 5 Hurricane Irma heading to Florida

We have a double record today, an in depth look at the typical spring blast of weather around New Zealand plus we extend on and cover historic Cat 5 Hurricane Irma as it churns in the Atlantic Ocean with 300km/h winds sustained and is aiming for Florida.
 
But first, New Zealand’s dealing with thunderstorms, isolated tornados and heavy downpours as big westerly blast

'Potentially catastrophic' Hurricane Irma nears eastern Caribbean islands

Category 5 Hurricane Irma has become one of the strongest storms recorded in the Atlantic, and is threatening to slam into Caribbean islands including Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands with "potentially catastrophic" force on Wednesday, the National Hurricane Center said.


Unsettled weather returns as further low pressure moves in, more concerning rain for Canterbury too

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A large area of low pressure is moving towards New Zealand this weekend and brings a fair bit of weather worth tracking - some kicking off as early as overnight tonight.


Storm event comes to a slow end as rain finally starts to fade in Chch

FINAL UPDATE 8:20pm --- Rain is coming to a gradual end in Christchurch this evening with a mix of light falls, drizzle and developing dry areas. While some briefly heavier rain/showers may still flare up the chances of concerning rainfall is now significantly starting to drop.