Your weekend forecast: Mostly dry, mostly calm but lingering downpours (+3 Maps)

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The weekend ahead is looking mainly dry but a few showers and heavy downpours remain. Heavy rain is now mostly out at sea from Northland and has cleared with the sun returning.

As of 1:40pm Just a few remaining isolated showers were left in the North Island, mostly inland and rural areas.

Across Friday and Saturday there are no significant disturbances around the country.

Heavy rain may cause isolated flooding, gusty winds continue but ease Thursday (+Maps)

A large but weakening low in the Tasman Sea coupled with a big strong high to our east keeps New Zealand smack bang in the squash zone of windy weather for the next day or two, with heavy rain becoming the main focus now.

Campers: 48 hours of windy weather, a burst of rain, then calmer

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It's a blustery day for many in the north today and a few other coastal/exposed places nationwide with 48 hours more of windy weather to come. 

Tracking expected rainfall totals in 12 hour blocks across this week (+6 Maps)

With a low falling apart over New Zealand later this week and a continuation of subtropical airflows for many we can expect localised but very heavy downpours mid to later this week.

In 12 hour blocks here's what is expected across the country as this low moves in.

NZ's main news media provide coverage of release of overdue Govt weather data report. Here is what they said:

All of New Zealand's main news outlets have covered the release of the stalled official weather data report - here's what they all wrote:

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South of both islands feeling the heat - again (+Live Temperatures)

It's another extra hot day for those in the Deep South of New Zealand with temperatures already climbing into the low to mid 30s across Southland, but also Otago and inland parts of the lower North Island.

The heatwave could see highs today exceeding 35 degrees Celsius in the southern half of the South Island through some valleys.

More restless, sleepless nights coming due to warmth and humidity

Struggle falling asleep last night? Struggle to stay asleep? The humid, warm weather overnight in northern New Zealand saw some places in the low to 20 mid 20s at midnight.

For those opening windows there hasn't been much of a breeze - plus flies and mosquitoes also causes issues for some sleepers.

Afternoon thunderstorms and heavy downpours this weekend in NZ - we track where (+3 Maps)

An area of lower air pressure over the Tasman sea is slowly approaching New Zealand.

Between this area of low pressure to the west and a high pressure system to the east, sub-tropical northerly winds dominate over the entire country. 

New Zealand: Expected rainfall totals across Friday and Saturday (+8 Maps)

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A weak area of low pressure in the eastern Tasman Sea will fall apart today but lend a helping hand to creating afternoon downpours and thunderstorms in the North Island's interior and some more wet weather in the west.

Heavy rain causes flooding in Greymouth (+3 PHOTOS)

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Heavy rain yesterday, overnight and this morning has lead to flooding in Greymouth on the West Coast with more rain coming according to

Despite news of droughts being made official in more places today the heavy rain is too much of a good thing with flooding occuring in the past hour or so.

Over 100mm of rain is possible from this event.