PHOTOS: Fire burns as winds churn through Auckland

Gales with gusts over 100km/h are expected for much of today in Auckland making it harder to battle the fire at Sky City.

Your detailed Official 2019 Labour Weekend Forecast is now out!

Labour Weekend is well known for being 50% awesome and 50% meh. Will 2019 be any different? We drill down on the forecast for the first nationwide long weekend since the start of June.

Rain and Snowfall maps for NZ next 5 days

We have a burst of wind and rain over the next couple of days and more showers in the days after.

In true spring style we a have mix of rain and snow as mild and cold air mix up around the country.

VIDEO: Stormy Wednesday, warmer Labour Weekend

**PLEASE NOTE: Due to the fire at Sky City we have NO VIDEO UPDATE FOR WEDNESDAY as our studio in the city has been closed for the day**


Gale force winds may cause issues on Wednesday, we have 7 maps + timing

A very windy Wednesday is coming for large parts of the North Island with gales exceeding 120km/h in some exposed areas. Winds this strong may cause powercuts, make driving more dangerous and in some exposed areas may even cause damage to weak buildings/sheds.

Typical 'peak spring' weather this week - wintry at times, warm by Saturday (+8 Maps)

Spring is an aptly named season. The temperatures this week will be springing around with a wintry drop this week and a summer-like boost for some this weekend.

The week ahead is a cold one for Southland and on Wednesday the eastern South Island and most of the North Island gets a cool down with below average daytime highs, windy weather and even some hail about.

Dangerous western marine & beach conditions this week, waves of 9M possible (+3 Maps)

With a burst of gale force winds, possibly hurricane force at sea for a time, wave heights are going to be big in the west of both islands this week.

This makes for dangerous marine and beach conditions along the western side of the country, in particular the western side of the North Island which is more exposed to this set up.

Windy wild Wednesday for many regions (+2 Wind Maps)

Wednesday is not the flashest days this week. About 70% of NZ will be colder than average while gales will impact the North Island and upper South Island.

It's all part of a rough spring set up this week which will see wintry weather spreading nationwide for a time, along with a surge of wind and rain - plus snow on the mountains. And in spring style it's warmer, sunnier, by Saturday.

VIDEO: Windy, unsettled, week ahead of Labour Weekend

It’s the countdown to Labour Weekend and the forecast this week is driven by windy westerlies which can swing cold SSW and mild NNW.

For the most part the week kicks off about normal temperaturewise but a colder change develops over Tuesday and Wednesday. Winds will be blustery across New Zealand with snow on the Southern Alps.

Sunday's national forecast

Westerly winds blow today across the country although they will be lighter in the north than they were yesterday but they are likely to strengthen a little more for areas further down NZ.