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Much warmer than average weather coming, rain returns to the west (+4 Maps)

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A front is bringing rain to western New Zealand and will move over the North Island later today and overnight. The peak of heavy rain and strong winds will be later today and overnight in the North Island. Winds won't be too strong.

Hourly rainfall rates may be quite heavy though for some, with 20-30mm/hr locally possible and could lead to very localised surface flooding.


Weather Video: Westerly change arrives with cold fronts but a high for the weekend

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The westerly change arrives nationwide today although for some areas it may not have much oomph.

Over the rest of this week we see a few cold fronts moving in from the west, heaviest rain in the south around the West Coast.


InfoGraphic: The Big Picture for Wednesday / Thursday

A front sweeps northwards over New Zealand today bringing rain or showers to most regions for a time, heavy in the west. A westerly quarter airflow lies over New Zealand on Thursday, moving around a high sitting in the north Tasman Sea. Around midday a front moves onto the lower South Island.


Wednesday's national forecast

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A front sweeps northwards over New Zealand today bringing rain or showers to most regions for a time, heavy in the west.

Northland, Auckland, Waikato & Bay Of Plenty
The odd shower then rain develops late afternoon, easing in the evening as northerly winds change westerly. Conditions becoming mainly dry by midnight.


InfoGraphic: The Big Picture for Wednesday

A front sweeps northwards over New Zealand on Wednesday bringing rain or showers to most regions for a time, heavy in the west.


Weather Video: Windy westerlies are returning, warmer than average temperatures too

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The next surge of westerlies arrives over Tuesday and Wednesday and brings with it a few cold fronts and more wet weather to the east, but much warmer than average and mainly dry weather in the east.


NZ: Here come the westerlies - warmer than average for many once again (+4 Maps)

A cold front from the Tasman Sea is tracking towards the western side of New Zealand today after delivering a blast of wind and rain to southern Australia in recent days. The front will move onto the South Island and sweep the western side northwards to reach the North Island on Wednesday.

Heavy rainfall is expected in Westland from Tuesday night to Wednesday morning.


InfoGraphic: The Big Picture for Tuesday / Wednesday

A weak ridge of high pressure lies over the North Island today while northerlies build for the South Island, a front pushes onto the West Coast in the evening. This front sweeps northwards over New Zealand on Wednesday bringing rain or showers to most regions for a time, heavy in the west.


Tuesday's national forecast

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A weak ridge of high pressure lies over the North Island today while northerlies build for the South Island, a front pushes onto the West Coast in the evening.

Northland, Auckland, Waikato & Bay Of Plenty
Morning fog possible then sunny spells, chance of an isolated shower in the afternoon. Light northeasterly winds.


InfoGraphic: The Big Picture for Tuesday

A weak ridge of high pressure lies over the North Island on Tuesday while northerlies build for the South Island, a front pushes onto the West Coast in the evening.