Hail as big as golfballs pummels Timaru (+Pics & Videos)

BREAKING NEWS --- Dramatic downpours are passing over Timaru and Oamaru right now and one downpour a short time ago blanketed Timaru in thick and heavy hail. has received confirmed reports of broken windows and roofing from the large hail storm.

The downpours may contain thunder as well but should ease this afternoon. 

VIDEO: Much of NZ leaning drier than normal for rest of November

We have high pressure stuck in the Tasman Sea for the rest of the month and that means an uptick in drier and milder weather for many regions across the country.

Even the West Coast - which has been very wet lately - has some dry and sunny days in the mix again.

Aussie's big dry shifts over NZ for rest of November - some rain relief for NSW (+3 Maps)

Things about to get even drier for many parts of New Zealand due to an uptick in high pressure. The entire North Island and a large portion of the South Island will lean drier than normal over the next week.

Apart from some heavy downpours (with possible thunder) today in Canterbury, the next 10 days look dry to mainly dry.

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VIDEO: Warmer, drier, weather coming - but Wednesday sees a brief change

NZ has a little further rain and afternoon downpours coming on Wednesday, then many places head into a warmer, drier phase.

There may be a few isolated afternoon thunderstorms around NZ on Wednesday afternoon ahead of a cooler change that will only last 24 hours. By Thursday and especially going into Friday warmer airflows move into both islands.

How much rain fell Monday + Upcoming 5 Day Rain & Snow Accumulation outlooks (+4 Maps)

We have some further rain and snow coming to New Zealand - but also a large amount of dry weather, with most regions tipping drier than average except the West Coast.

VIDEO: Many places learning drier than normal, but not the West Coast

Heavy rain off and on for the West Coast and some Australia smoke in our skies, otherwise many places have a fairly dry and average week ahead.

There will be a slight cool down around Wednesday and Thursday but by Friday and the weekend many places are back to sub-tropical winds - or a nor’west flow from Australia.

Sunday's national forecast - Fairly mild across the country

Most regions across New Zealand are warmer than normal today thanks to sub-tropical winds over the North Island and west to north west winds over much of the South Island.

VIDEO: Australia to reach 45C this weekend, cooler change for NZ next week

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Recorded Friday --- We take a look at the latest 5 day rainfall maps for both NZ and also Australia, plus temperatures hit 45 degrees in some parts of Aussie.

Here in NZ a westerly flow is blowing across the country but it comes from two different sources - sub-tropical in the north and Southern Ocean airflows in the south.

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