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Dry skies for most today

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Today is a chance to get out and mow the lawns, hang out the washing or do those outdoor jobs you've been putting off for a while with dry weather predicted in most places.

Apart from a few showers around the North Island coastline the country should see dry weather and sunnier skies thanks to a high north of the New Zealand.

A couple of colder nights on the way

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Temperatures tonight, but more so overnight tomorrow, are set to drop after a number of mild mornings in the North Island lately.

Overnight lows have frequently been in double digits for northern centres but as a brief period of high pressure moves in the warming affect of clouds overnight will go.

Your wishlish

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We're looking in to how we can improve the site and we're keen to hear your feedback.

Apart from adding forecasts for other regions (which we're working on) we're keen to know what else would give you a reason to come here.

Have a think and post your top 3 (or more!) ideas in the comments section below.

Weather easing for start of week but more rain coming

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The weather is going to ease over a number of places on Monday and Tuesday as a ridge of high pressure passes north of New Zealand and covers parts of the country.

While showers are expected in a number of coastal areas on Monday by Tuesday many areas should be dry and sunny. poll shows split nation

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New Zealand appears to be split in half, winter for some, spring for others, according to our latest poll.

The poll asked whether or not you've found the past 4 weeks winter-like or spring-like.

Warm in the north, cool in the south

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Warm nor'westers are helping boost temperatures in the upper North Island this afternoon.  Parts of Northland, including Whangarei, are already at 19 degrees with 17 around parts of Auckland.

It's 16 degrees in Paeroa but temperatures drop quite quickly south of Waikato.

As of 1:30pm Taupo had 10 and Wellington, Napier and Hastings shared 11.

Big wet next Wednesday

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Computer models are consistently predicting a low pressure system forming in the central Tasman Sea early next week bringing heavy rain to many parts of the North Island on Wednesday.

Westerlies dominate remainder of August

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The prediction by the weather news authority also says there will be a continuation of mild weather over the North Island.

New system brewing in Tasman Sea

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It's hardly a breathing space but today conditions will start to improve ahead of the next frontal system already brewing in the Tasman Sea. predicts that around the time the showers and winds ease over the western North Island the next system will already be pushing cloud in and a new wind direction - from the north west.

Your weekend forecast

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It's probably not the news you're wanting to hear but the weekend is again looking fairly wet and windy across the country - the only good news, some dry weather is in the mix too.

As yet another low crosses New Zealand from the west the wind flow will tilt back to the northerly quarter.  This spring pattern means a mixture of rain, wind and sun as the low passes by.