Winds in the west - #WeatherRisks on Friday & your main centre outlook

Westerlies are the name of the risk game through Friday, as winds will gust strongly on and off through the day, particularly in the North Island.

The western coastline of the island will be in for the roughest time of it, with a low risk of gales now and then.

Westerly flow over NZ

It's a fairly straightforward weather setup on Friday for most of the country, with a traditionally brisk westerly airflow sitting over New Zealand.

Showers look likely for many in the west, heavy at first, before easing off and then becoming heavy again towards evening.

More unsettled weather on the way - Thursday's Weather Video

We've seen some interesting and varied weather around the country so far this week, and there's still more variety in store before it's done.

There were some isolated and torrential downpours in parts of the North Island on Wednesday, leading to localised flooding and rapid river level rises.

Check out the forecast for a cool weekend ahead with Philip Duncan, below!

House evacuated after bank collapses in Auckland

A house was evacuated in Orakei after a bank collapsed, and trees were felled by strong winds in Auckland overnight.

Wild weather across the city saw a home on Godden Crescent evacuated at 4.30am, after a bank behind it collapsed amid heavy rainfall overnight.

A fire service spokesman said the house was being renovated, but a person was living in it at the time.

Rain band moving on - #WeatherRisks and your main centre outlook for Thursday

A rain band, which has brought wet weather to much of the North Island this morning, is set to move away - leaving mostly sunny or partially cloudy skies in its wake.

The rainy stuff clears away to the east pretty promptly, though some places on the East Cape, especially in the west, may see rain sticking around until midday before clearing, as that system move

Cold weather coming - your early weekend outlook

Grim weather is expected for much of the country until at least this weekend. weather analyst Philip Duncan gives us a run down on the weather to come over the next few days.

Southwest change brings rain for many on Thursday

It's looking wet to start in many places around the country on Thursday, as a low and a front combine over the upper South Island and most of the North Island - before passing to the east in the afternoon.

This means a wet start before afternoon sunny spells, accompanied by prevailing westerly winds.

Asia: 2015's 'Most powerful storm' heading towards Japan & China (+VIDEO)

Soudelor intensified rapidly over the western Pacific Ocean after raking through Saipan, a U.S. commonwealth in the northern Mariana Islands.

A transition - #WeatherRisks on Wednesday & your main centre outlook

Wednesday was described by Head Weather Analyst Philip Duncan as "a bit of a transition between two prevailing systems", as a warm northwesterly flow is accompanied by some rain bringing fronts.

A low sits to the northwest of the North Island in the Tasman Sea, pushing a front over the Upper North Island during the day.

USA - 2 dead as circus tent collapses in storm

A circus tent has collapsed in a severe storm at a fairground in New Hampshire, killing at least two people and injuring many others.

The accident happened on Monday evening at the Lancaster fairgrounds, about 90 miles north of the state capital in Concord.

A Lancaster police dispatcher said the tent collapsed during a circus performance, killing a young man and girl.