West Coast climate summary - extended dry spell worrying coasters

Alarming data from what is traditionally the country's wettest region is proving a concern to locals, with rainfall nearly 50% down on normal August levels.

Week in Weather: What's Been Making Headlines this Week

A quieter week after the action packed second half of winter here at home, but there were still plenty of talking points both on our shores and abroad - particularly in the far north.

Weather video: Weekend weather update

The low that's been hanging around the North Island this last week is slowly moving itself across the country - and will bring fairly widespread showers with it.

The low may bring in some isolated thunderstorms, as the system moves in to sit directly over Auckland on Saturday.

Whakatane looks to retain 'sunshine capital' status

Whakatane looks set to keep its crown as New Zealand's sunshine capital, a new climate report shows.

The climate summary for August, released today by the National Institute of Weather and Atmospheric Research, showed many parts of the country enjoyed a relatively dry and sunny month.

NEW POLL: Rate your winter

Spring has arrived and as such, it's time to reflect on the winter season just gone.

We here at want to know how winter has been at your place - how you'd rate it overall from 1 to 5.

Torrential downpours hit Northland, rain heading to Auckland

Updated 3:01pm -- A narrow band of very heavy rain is currently moving south across parts of Northland.  While conditions have now eased in Kaitaia and the Far North, the rain - which is torrential at times - is now moving towards Whangarei, and later Auckland.

Australia: Severe weather continues for Sydney - warnings issued

The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe weather warning for damaging winds and dangerous surf conditions for Sydney.

A deep low pressure system lies over the western Tasman Sea which will lead to cold and wet conditions for the rest of the week.

Climate outlook - a warm and damp spring for the North Island

The North Island could be in for a warm but damp spring, according to Niwa's seasonal outlook for the next three months.

Temperatures are likely to be average or above for the North Island and the top of the South Island, with an equal chance of above-average rainfall. 

Weather Video: A tale of two islands

That low pressure system sitting to our west is looking ominous now, especially after the recent heavy rains across much of the North Island.

The South Island should enjoy a calm and clear midweek, however, with Thursday looking good the further south you travel.

Northland rains could have contaminated waterways

Northland residents are being told to stay away from waterways, as they could potentially be contaminated.

The Whangarei District Council has warned flooding from the weekend's heavy rainfall could have caused rural septic tanks and urban manholes to surcharge.