Humid with drizzle, downpours and isolated thunderstorms

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The next two days across the North Island will be especially humid, cloudy and for some people quite wet as sub-tropical air shifts back down over the island.

Across Monday areas of drizzle and light to moderate patches of rain will drift across the North Island, with heavier downpours expected on Tuesday and isolated thunderstorms here and there across the island.

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Sunday's national forecast - downpours developing

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High pressure dominates the South Island today while the sub-tropics return to northern New Zealand with late showers or downpours ahead of a wetter Monday. 

Light winds for most places today but some coastal areas may be a bit windier.

NZ Government finally looking into MetService/NIWA agency double up

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Published Thursday --- If you're a parent you know a guilty face when you see it, so NIWA's refusal to comment to the Otago Daily Times about why they compete head to head with MetService appears to suggest they know this set up is not right.

Your weekend forecast: Mostly dry, mostly calm but lingering downpours (+3 Maps)

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The weekend ahead is looking mainly dry but a few showers and heavy downpours remain. Heavy rain is now mostly out at sea from Northland and has cleared with the sun returning.

As of 1:40pm Just a few remaining isolated showers were left in the North Island, mostly inland and rural areas.

Across Friday and Saturday there are no significant disturbances around the country.

Heavy rain may cause isolated flooding, gusty winds continue but ease Thursday (+Maps)

A large but weakening low in the Tasman Sea coupled with a big strong high to our east keeps New Zealand smack bang in the squash zone of windy weather for the next day or two, with heavy rain becoming the main focus now.

Campers: 48 hours of windy weather, a burst of rain, then calmer

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It's a blustery day for many in the north today and a few other coastal/exposed places nationwide with 48 hours more of windy weather to come. 

Tracking expected rainfall totals in 12 hour blocks across this week (+6 Maps)

With a low falling apart over New Zealand later this week and a continuation of subtropical airflows for many we can expect localised but very heavy downpours mid to later this week.

In 12 hour blocks here's what is expected across the country as this low moves in.

NZ's main news media provide coverage of release of overdue Govt weather data report. Here is what they said:

All of New Zealand's main news outlets have covered the release of the stalled official weather data report - here's what they all wrote:

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South of both islands feeling the heat - again (+Live Temperatures)

It's another extra hot day for those in the Deep South of New Zealand with temperatures already climbing into the low to mid 30s across Southland, but also Otago and inland parts of the lower North Island.

The heatwave could see highs today exceeding 35 degrees Celsius in the southern half of the South Island through some valleys.