NEW POLL: Grade your summer

With summer oficially over*, we can look back and make an assessment of the last 3 months, and what we've seen around the country.

The season brought plenty of dry weather, and a number of big stretches of consecutive hot days.
It also caused droughts, bush fires and water restrictions - so we want to know what our readers have made of it all.

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

It may have been the week after the big storm across the ditch, and the last week of summer, but there were still plenty of surprises in the past 7 days - not all of them weather related...

Weather Video: Cricket, Summer & Autumn

It’s a very busy weekend this weekend – not only are the Black Caps taking on Australia at Eden Park on Saturday for the Cricket World Cup but we also have the meteorological end to Summer on Saturday and the first day of Autumn kicks off on Sunday…and looks warm.

POLL RESULTS: Autumn remains NZ's favourite season

The results of our latest poll are in, and once again, autumn reigns supreme in the battle of the seasons!

At the end of a long, hot, dry summer, we wanted to take the pulse of the nation, and ask whether our favourites have changed - after autumn has dominated this question for several years.

Farmers urged to watch out for health as big dry grinds on

Farmers in Waikato and South Auckland are being urged to watch out for their health as the stress of managing in the extremely dry conditions this summer grinds on.

Saturday's national forecast

It's looking very calm and dry for many parts of New Zealand, as a big high pressure system stretches over much of the country.

Here are the regional forecasts for Saturday:

Entire North Island

A mix of sun and cloud, some afternoon cloud build ups but mainly dry across the entire island. Light winds.
Highs: 23 to 27
Tonight's Lows: 11 to 16

MPI: 'No invasion' despite more fruit fly discoveries

The Ministry for Primary Industries says there isn't a fruit fly invasion in Auckland, despite two more of the pests being found.

Seven Queensland fruit flies have been found in the past 10 days.

But the MPI says because they have most been found near one property, they think they've contained the flies.

The MPI says it does expect more fruit flies to be found 

Hot and heavy - Weather risks for Friday

There's some heavy falls and warm temperatures in the forecast today - but in the way of weather risks, just a few.

Friday's national forecast

A rainmaking system has arrived, meaning showers in parts of both islands today - though the high temperatures which have typified summer so far are sticking around for most.

Gisborne, Hawkes Bay, Bay of Plenty and Waikato

West is best - Situation & outlook for Friday

Friday's situation is an interesting one, with a fair amount of shower activity around the country, coming in from the remnants of a southern rain system and a newly incoming band of cloud from the Tasman Sea.