Text updated 5:37pm Saturday: A frosty Sunday morning is on the cards for much of NZ, but conditions will warm up again for many northern and eastern areas especially across Sunday afternoon. That's due to nor'westers building ahead of the next cold snap.
Another topsy turvy weather week, both at home and abroad - as it seems midwinter/midsummer is once again when everything kicks off weather wise!
Traditional Pacific weather forecasting techniques are no match for extreme weather events, a new advocacy campaign warns.
The initiative forms part of a campaign by Pacific leaders to attract greater assistance from donors to improve weather forecasting.
Gale-force winds hammered the lower South Island this morning as a front moves over the country, bringing a cold change that is likely to dump snow to sea level later today.
Severe weather warnings are in place for much of the lower South Island, with strong wind warnings for Southland, Otago and Canterbury.
If tropical cyclones do give Hawaii a rare one-two punch this week, the schools on the Big Island and Maui won't welcome them with open doors.
The Hawaiian government says all schools in Maui and Hawaii counties, the state's four easternmost inhabited islands, will be closed Thursday, when the first of two approaching cyclones, Iselle, might make landfall as a tropical storm.
A cold front is coming towards the South Island, due to make landfall late Wednesday.
It will be followed by a warmer system which will push temperatures up a bit on the weekend, although North Island ski fields should be in for a flurry on Friday and into Saturday.
After a 10-year chase taking it billions of miles across the solar system, the Rosetta spacecraft is homing in on its close encounter with a comet.
The latest monthly rainfall and climate data has been released by the government this week, painting an interesting picture depending on where in the country you've been.
Canberra has recorded its coldest August night in two decades, with the mercury dropping below -7 degrees Celsius.
The nation's capital has also recorded its coldest morning in three years.
"We last had a -8C back in July 2011, but we got down to -7.6C at 6:54am," Sean Carson from the Bureau of Meteorology told .
Heavy downpours with thunderstorms and hail hit Auckland yesterday afternoon.
WeatherWatch.co.nz forecasters said some slow moving isolated showers were developing over the Auckland region, including the city itself.
Hail fell in the centre of Auckland, with Ellerslie streets covered in fallen hail.