Weather Video: More changeable weather as cold front set to pounce

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Tuesday morning saw thunderstorms across the North Island ahead of a cold change coming tonight in the south and for Wednesday/Thursday elsewhere.

Continuous thunder across parts of the North Island this morning

UPDATED 9:01am --- A very active widespread area of thunderstorms is currently crossing the upper North Island, affecting Auckland and Waikato and soon Coromandel Peninsula, Bay of Plenty, Manawatu and Kapiti.

Some storms have generated continuous rolling thunder - especially in parts of Auckland's. 

NZ: How much rain has fallen past 7 days? How much coming next few days? (+2 Maps)

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We have more rain coming to both islands but drier weather with high pressure is on the way for the end of the week and for the upcoming weekend for most regions.

The large low that was in the Tasman Sea on Saturday fell apart on Sunday and now we have the leftovers on Monday, areas of rain or showers that could turn heavy with thunder when combined with afternoon heating.

Cyclone Owen forms - poses no current threat to NZ but remains 'one to watch'

Cyclone Owen has formed in the Coral Sea and will linger there for several days as a lower end Tropical Cyclone or tropical depression. While sea temperatures are ideal for storm growth, high pressure near the tropical storm should limit how deep the low becomes and therefore how intense the cyclone will be.

Weather Video: Chaotic weather pattern continues but high pressure is coming

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This week kicks off with the leftovers of that large Tasman Sea low from Saturday bringing areas of rain and may be a few thunderstorms to the North Island today and a few other isolated downpours/thunderstorms inland elsewhere.

Another warm year globally, on course to be 4th warmest on record

This year is on course to become the fourth warmest year on record based on global mean surface temperatures, according to the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO).

Sunday's national forecast - A quiet morning may turn to a loud afternoon

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What was a large low in the Tasman Sea will today entirely fall apart but the left over moisture will remain and combined with a warmer than average day across over two thirds of New Zealand we expect some big cloud build ups and afternoon downpours with thunderstorms - some possibly severe.

Windy Saturday pushes northern rain through faster, Sunday has severe southern thunderstorms possible (+5 Maps)

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A large low in the Tasman is slowly falling apart today but as it pushes into a large high to New Zealand's east it's making for occasionally blustery conditions around the upper North Island. For the most part these winds are well below gale force but some gusts are pushing closer to the gale mark out in marine areas for a time this morning, but the peak winds should now have passed with

Weather Video: Weekend low on the way, brief cold snap next week

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A large low is rolling in this weekend bringing patchy rain in the north and west and then isolated heavy downpour (some with thunderstorms).

By next week the warm nor’east flow continues across the entire country but on Tuesday a classic cold front moves in with rain in the west and dry and windy in the east.

Lots of events on this weekend, the weather isn't perfect either (+5 Maps)

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A large low from the Tasman Sea is moving in to New Zealand this weekend but will weaken at the same time. It will see areas of rain, showers and afternoon downpours all moving through with large dry areas too.

There are many Christmas parades and festivals on across the country this weekend, as December kicks off - and Summer too on the meteorological calendar.