NZ next few days: Rain, sun, thunderstorms and growing heat (+5 Maps)

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The next few days sees patchy rain moving up the South Island placing moisture in the North Island and with daytime heating it will likely create afternoon thunderstorms and downpours.

Meanwhile cooler weather in the lower South Island will be replaced with hotter weather by the weekend.

Rest of this week: Small low to develop over NZ (+5 Maps)

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Persistent wet weather is going to affect the West Coast with big fluctuations in daytime temperatures for some in the south too.

The second week of 2018 is dominated by a developing area of low pressure over the South Island pushing patchy areas of rain and showers around the island and even into parts of the North Island by the end of the week.

Next few days: Rainy weather coming for West Coasters, even Canterbury (+3 Maps)

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Rainy days are coming to the West Coast from today and it may last until Thursday after a dry hot spell of weather there recently

While many parts of the country were dealing with the deep low the West Coast was sunny and hot and closer to 30 degrees.

PHOTOS x 6: More coastal flooding images from Auckland on Friday

As the storm roared past Auckland to the west on Thursday night and Friday morning it co-incided with a king tide. The strong to gale winds from the northerly quarter also help funnel more water into Auckland Harbour.

The result was a couple of extra tides well above the normal high tide mark.

Storm leaving New Zealand, what's next? (+4 Maps)

It was another wet and windy night for some areas but the worst of the storm has not only well and truly peaked now, but the entire low is starting to clear New Zealand.

For today the country is in the tail end of the storm, with windy southerlies to south westers blowing.

Storm surge creates coastal flooding in the North Island (Photos + Videos)

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Across the North Island there are reports of exceptionally high tides flooding roads, car parks, footpaths and areas normally well above the high tide mark. It started last night and has repeated itself Friday morning.

Offshore storm to cross North Island today then start weakening (+11 maps)

UPDATED 9:43am -- A storm just offshore from the western upper North Island is causing power cuts, bringing down trees and closing highways and today the low finally makes landfall and starts to slowly unravel.

Our latest tweets and weather maps on the offshore storm

We've had a busy day on our Twitter page (@WeatherWatchNZ) with exclusive graphics from as the low deepens and the weather goes downhill.

Here are our latest tweets on the weather.

Rapidly deepening low to bring rain, severe gales and storm surge, flooding possible (+10 Maps)

DETAILED UPDATE --- Severe Weather Warnings have been issued for Norfolk island and many parts of New Zealand due to an incoming and rapidly deepening low.

PHOTOS x9 - Coastal flooding in Auckland before the low even arrives

With a rapidly deepening low, king tides and strong winds all helping to funnel more sea water into Auckland it's not surprising we're seeing some coastal flooding today.

WeatherWatcher Kyle Aitken says cricket fields, car parks and even one power transformer have been affected by the foreshore flooding ahead of the severe offshore storm.