VIDEO: NZ's detailed 7 day forecast in 4 minutes

huge high, a sub-tropical low and a curious set up next week is the focus of today’s weather video.

While high pressure means mostly dry weather we have got some rain and showers in Northland briefly and some showers further south - otherwise the high dominates until early next week.

Australia's drought now eating into New Zealand's rainfall figures

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On Sunday we wrote about how NZ is being affected by Australia's drought now a review of the past month's rainfall shows some places only got 10mm of rain.

VIDEO: Massive high to bring drier than normal weather to NZ

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A very powerful area of high pressure is moving slowly towards New Zealand and will impact our weather not only for the rest of this week but also this weekend and into next week.

It promises a drier than average several days ahead for almost every single part of the nation.

Light winds mean mild days but cold nights for many regions too.

NZ in shadow of Australian droughts as another giant anticyclone comes our way (+7 Maps)

An abnormally large belt of high pressure is moving in to New Zealand with drier than average weather for the rest of June and some places likely not receiving any rain between now and early July (not so normal for this time of the year).

Sunday's national forecast - Patchy NI rain, mostly dry SI

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Low pressure crosses the North Island today with patchy rain and showers, then cooler drier air behind it. The South Island sees a mostly cool and dry day.

Colder weather coming but Saturday ain't too bad (+2 Maps)

Friday was much warmer than normal across a large portion of New Zealand, Saturday starts to reset to normal and Sunday looks cooler.

The colder air flow is a gradual thing - for many places there may be no obvious 'weather' change, simply temperatures just start to drop over the coming few days.

Rain and Snow accumulation Maps - next 3 days.

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We have some rain and snow coming this weekend - then after that NZ enters a drier than normal period.

Rain will be falling on the West Coast today and into Saturday, then clears. This will fall as snow higher up and could be quite heavy on the tops of the ranges.

On Sunday it's the North Island's turn to get some rain and showers as a weak area of low pressure crosses by.

Saturday is the shortest day of the year, the Winter Solstice is at 3:54am

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At precisely 3:54am on Saturday June 22 is the Winter Solstice - it indicates the shortest day of the year, the middle of the solar winter and the start of the astronomical winter.

VIDEO: Low pressure this Sunday, high pressure next week

This weekend New Zealand has a cool down with rain arriving on Sunday for the North Island thanks to a small area of low pressure.

By Monday many regions will be colder but drier too as high pressure builds.

VIDEO: Huge high coming, but it’s very slow with rain and cold coming first

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Sub-tropical winds are developing across New Zealand and tonight will be milder nationwide compared to the past two nights and mornings.

We have some rain and showers around the next few days, mainly on the West Coast and then northern NZ.