The coast is clear - Weather risks for Friday

WeatherWatch forecasters can't see any real risks in today's weather around the country - with patches of cloud and light winds for most regions.

Northland and northern parts of the Coromandel may see a sustained shower or two in the afternoon, while the Bay of Plenty is looking at some rain overnight.

Cloud and drizzle - Friday's situation & outlook

A southerly quarter airflow sits over the South Island, meaning cloud and drizzle in the east and a fine day developing for the west.

South Island

The east coast is looking at a pretty subdued start, with overcast conditions and drizzle the order of the AM, but sunny breaks will develop towards the afternoon.

Council under pump to modify wastewater treatment

The Central Hawke's Bay District Council is under the pump to modify its wastewater treatment plant and quickly.

Serious concerns have been raised about the new $6 million plant.

Despite the recent upgrade, it's still releasing harmful bacteria and wastewater into the Tukituki River at unacceptable levels.

Australia: Drought stricken NT farmers given loan lifeline

Cattle producers in the Northern Territory can now apply for an Australian Government drought concessional loan.

Federal Minister for Agriculture Barnaby Joyce, and NT Minister for Primary Industry Willem Westra van Holthe, today announced $10 million in drought concessional loans and are encouraging primary producers in the NT to apply.

Cool calm and collected - Risks on Thursday

According to our forecasters here at, there are almost no risks around the country today.

The eastern Bay of Plenty may be in for a shower or two this afternoon and into the evening, but it won't be enough to cause alarm.

2 Lows, 2 islands: Thursday's situation & outlook

Thursday is a day of two predominating low pressure systems which will affect each island slightly differently.

North Island

Weather Video: Humidity continues

Humid winds out of the sub-tropics are keeping conditions cloudy and drizzly across northern areas.

No real rain is forecast to arrive until Monday but between now and then expect showers and drizzle patches amongst the cloud.

Southerners have more southerlies – which aren’t as humid – but next week a Tasman Sea low will bring wind and rain to most places for a time.

Kiwi hard at work in Typhoon aid

A Kiwi aid worker at the centre of a typhoon that lashed the Philippines is scrambling to gather emergency food and hygiene supplies for vulnerable locals.

"It's like the earth is just breathing after being battered for two days," said Linda Cruse, enjoying a moment of calm after facing Typhoon Hagupit's wrath over two days of relentless rain and wind.

Wet and windy - Weather risks on Wednesday

The main risk today is for central parts of the country - as a strong southerly front moves through and across Cook Strait around midday.

This system looks big and messy - bringing a risk of gales and pushing some heavy rain before it - though it is looking like weakening from mid afternoon.

Messy and rainy - Wednesday's situation & outlook

Wednesday is looking messy on the current satellite observations - with a front moving north through the day, and central New Zealand in for some heavy rain.

North Island