Your Week in Weather Headlines - What's been making weather news this week

The last week of 2016 is coming to a close - a year that has been one out of the box weather wise, with temperature records broken, huge

Daytime highs to hit the low 30s this week...& low teens

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Spring's weather pattern is fading but it's not gone with another big range of daily highs this week across New Zealand.  Yet again a nor'wester with sub-tropical elements is drifting down over the North Island - meaning those in the east are in for a scorching hot week.

Unsettled weather pattern still with NZ, but high pressure increasing

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High pressure is dominating most of the country at the moment bringing a calm and fairly sunny weekend to parts of the country. As forecast there are cloudy areas too, with a few isolated downpours here and there - although more than 95% of New Zealand is dry.

Animation: Windy spring weather returns to NZ

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The past week felt like summer in many regions - today is a reminder it is still technically spring as gale force westerlies push in to many regions.

In Auckland gusty nor'westers are reaching gale at times in more exposed areas, especially the harbours and western areas.

In Wellington winds are hovering around gale force and gusting closer to 100km/h.

Meteors - Your Eyewitness Reports!

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Weather chaos: Heavy rain, flooding, slip hits lower North Island

Heavy rain lashing the Kapiti Coast has led to minor flooding, with police urging motorists to drive to the conditions.

Rain is falling over much of the North Island today; with Auckland, the Kapiti Coast and the Wairarapa the hardest hit.

Earth-like planet discovered - and it's a 'mere' 4.2 light years away

In a discovery that has been years in the making, researchers have confirmed the existence of a rocky planet named Proxima b orbiting Proxima Centauri, the closest star to our sun, according to a new study. It is the closest exoplanet to us in the universe.

Heavy frosts in the south - Your Weather Highlights for the next 3 days

Today sees a southerly airflow cover most of New Zealand, although it's relatively weak. Some cloud and the odd shower in the east from Banks Peninsula northwards (more so near the coast), and heavy frosts morning and night inland for the South Island. A few showers on Tuesday about the east and north of the North Island.

The North Island's turn - Your Weather Highlights for the next 3 days

Today sees the odd shower about for the South Island, especially midday onwards in the east with snow flurries to low levels for some. A low deepens over the North Island bringing a strengthening southeasterly airflow for the lower half of the island.

Snow flurries and sunny skies - The Big Picture on Friday

A low pressure system over the North Island and stretching down off the West Coast of the South Island brings an increasing southeasterly airflow over the country tomorrow.