Sub-tropical low grazing northern NZ with some rain + eastern Australia unsettled (+9 Maps)

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A large sub-tropical low is today brushing past the upper North Island of New Zealand and is bringing patchy rain to the eastern side of Northland and around Auckland's Great Barrier Island. A few light spits are also falling over northern Coromandel Peninsula.

Sunscreens removed from sale after Consumer NZ test

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Two sunscreens have been withdrawn from sale following a Consumer NZ test that found the products failed to provide the protection claimed. 

"Significant" dry spell developing across NZ, may last into December

Special Update --- Fiordland is a rain forest and is one of the wettest places on earth, but for the next two weeks Milford Sound will have mostly to completely dry weather with temperatures pushing well into the mid 20s this weekend.

Sub-tropical low may brush Northland but skip other regions (+4 Maps)

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The second large sub-tropical low in a week is moving towards New Zealand but it looks like a repeat performance with again the bulk of the wind and rain remaining out at sea.

Weather Video: High pressure, downpours + a low this weekend

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High pressure continues to dominate New Zealand but there will be more downpours today, mostly in the Central North Island area, but a few in the upper North Island too.

Southern half of the South Island in for a short lived cool change

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Today will be another hot day for inland parts of the South Island with Central Otago climbing back into the mid-20s.

It's not so warm in some coastal areas today, like Dunedin which may only reach the mid teens.

Easterly breeze dominating upper North Island downpours

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The conditions that produced widespread thunderstorms, hail and downpours in the upper North Island on Tuesday have slightly changed for Wednesday with an easterly flow dominating.

Weather Video: We track this week, this weekend AND the rest of November!

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A large belt of high pressure is moving across New Zealand this week and will bring calm, dry and mild weather to most regions.

A few large downpours, some with isolated thunder, are possible in the upper North Island over Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday during the afternoon or early evening.

Warmer weather coming for many parts of New Zealand (+8 Temperature Maps)

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This week kicked off with a light southerly flow and it was pretty cool for some areas with overnight lows dipping near freezing and cold starts to the day. In true spring fashion the wind flow is about to change to a warmer one and some parts of New Zealand are set to be warmer than average - in fact over 8 degrees above normal inland.

Forked lightning, hail & thunder continue in Auckland

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UPDATED 1:15pm --- Daytime thunderstorms are continuing to pop up across Auckland after a mainly calm and sunny start to the day.