Severe Thunderstorms in upper North Island

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UPDATED 4:30pm --- Thunderstorms are continuing this afternoon across central and northern regions of the North Island.

There are widespread downpours across South Auckland, Waikato and Bay of Plenty in particular.

Storms will be peaking now until early evening.

Weather Video: Daily downpours continue, but ease this weekend

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We take a look at the forecast for the New Zealand area through until Wednesday next week and the forecast shows more downpours across today and Friday with thunderstorms, hail and the chances of localised flash flooding.

However as we head into Saturday the South Island should notice a change with downpours not so likely and thunder not in the forecast.

Some farmers are telling that parts of NZ now in a 'Green Drought'

SPECIAL REPORT --- Farmers in Taranaki and Southland - and a handful of other places around New Zealand - are telling one thing right now: "We're in a green drought".

Unusual 10 day rain map for NZ highlights current odd set-up

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New Zealand is dealing with a rare set up of high pressure that is not only bringing days if not weeks of warmer than average weather to the country but is also producing inland downpours that are significantly drenching central areas, especially the North Island.

Spring to end & summer to kick off on a stormy note in Australia. Will it reach NZ?

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+4 Maps --- Australia has a blast of weather coming this Thursday and Friday that will create gales, widespread heavy rain and severe thunderstorms across southern and eastern states.

An unsettled start to summer for southeast Australia, but how will it affect New Zealand?

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A frontal system is expected to bring wet and windy conditions across the eastern states towards the end of next week.

NOVEMBER'S LAST WEEK: More inland thunderstorms, deluges, coastal clouds (+2 Maps)

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The final week of November will have a similar set up every day as the high that brought a dry week last week remains with New Zealand.

Thunderstorms flare up in Otago and Central North Island, severe thunderstorms poss. (2xMaps)

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Updated 3:15pm: Daytime heating plus converging winds have helped create significant downpours and thunderstorms around Otago and Central Plateau this afternoon and they are still developing and growing.

Wellington: Warning and water patrols prompted by soaring water consumption

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Wellington Water is calling on the residents of Wellington, Porirua and the Hutt Valley to cut back on their water use this weekend, and make sure they observe garden watering restrictions. 

Saturday's national forecast

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High pressure continues to dominate but the big daytime downpours today spread further into inland parts of the North Island too, as well as the South Island interior.
Northland, Auckland, Waikato & Bay Of Plenty