The latest on the tropical storm arriving on Thursday in NZ (+18 Maps)

Tropical Cyclone Fehi will lose it's tropical cyclone status today as the Category 1 storm shifts over cooler waters as it tracks south towards New Zealand. However the storm will retain damaging winds, big seas and flooding rains as it moves into the South Island's West Coast on Thursday.

Tropical Storm Fehi to strike New Zealand on Thursday (+8 Maps)

Sunny and hot weather is dominant across many parts of New Zealand today but Tropical Cyclone Fehi will track southward directly reaching the South Island by Thursday and keeping much of its intensity.

Weather Video: Tropical Cyclone heading towards NZ

A tropical cyclone north west of New Zealand is going to transition out of tropical cyclone status and then deepen into a new system as it moves into the New Zealand area late Wednesday and across Thursday, most likely making landfall in the South Island - a rare event but does sometimes happen there.

Sick of the heat? A big cool down is coming for many!

The heat and humidity is getting to a lot of people with a poll at over the weekend showing more than 50% who voted are finding it too hot or too humid. 

Weekend Thunderstorms: Where will they likely form? (x2 daily Infographics)

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A belt of high pressure across the country dominates the weather and wind pattern for the next few days. 

Mostly sunny weather with light winds and lake and sea breezes spread over the country. There may be some regions that are fairly cloudy at times, this will shift around a little over the days.

NZ next 7 days: A heatwave, isolated severe thunderstorms and a tropical depression (+Maps)

There is a lot going on with temperatures several degrees above normal, inland severe thunderstorms and now a tropical depression has formed and is likely to drop south towards New Zealand mid next week.

North Island thunderstorm outbreak - flash flooding, hail risks

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UPDATED 6:38pm --- BREAKING NEWS --- As forecast daytime heating plus humidity is leading to severe thunderstorms with a rapid outbreak currently moving across Bay of Plenty and Central Plateau. says the downpours are dramatically developing and people should be indoors if they can hear thunder.

Inland afternoon downpours with isolated thunder continue next few days (+Maps)

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More heavy afternoon downpours are expected across New Zealand over the next few days, some with isolated thunderstorms - possibly severe.

Hot and humid and about to get hotter ahead of tropical low next week

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We're now in the peak of summer and for the next few weeks we can expect warm nights, hot days and high humidity at times.

High humidity in New Zealand is normal, in winter it causes foggy damp mornings but in summer when it's combined with heat it leads to muggy conditions. 

Weather Video: Afternoon deluges with isolated thunder next 5 days

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High pressure is mostly dominating the country but the humid air left over from the sub-tropical northerly earlier this week hasn’t shifted away with moisture inland leading to foggy areas overnight and afternoon cloud build ups during the day.