Weather Video: Warmer than average weather for NZ + the latest on Hurricane Florence

Westerly quarter winds are about to kick in across New Zealand and it’s going to push temperatures above normal for this time of year but a few to several degrees.

Expect highs over 20 degrees in a number of eastern regions in the five days ahead. Most places in New Zealand will also be drier than average.

Special Video: Major Hurricane Florence heading to eastern USA, as warmer nor’westers head to NZ is tracking a major hurricane which is today Category 4 and is heading directly towards the eastern United States.

Warmer weather coming to NZ, it's time to get into the 20s C (+6 Maps)

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Warmer weather is coming. While Tuesday is still a little cool for a handful of regions most places are now slowly warming up and by the end of the week many regions will be warmer than average. The extra warmth, following the colder southerlies, is due to a west to nor'west flow which will become blustery in exposed places and push temperatures up in the east as the week goes on.

Weather Video: Westerlies return, warmer weather by end of week & weekend

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After plenty of southerly quarter winds lately this week New Zealand gradually shifts back to more typical windy westerlies for spring and September, once we get through Tuesday anyway.

In fact by the end of this week and going in to this weekend the westerly winds may be blustery/strong in some exposed parts of central and eastern New Zealand.

Rainfall accumulation maps for next 24 hours + entire total for next 5 days (+4 Maps)

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A low is this week going to basically bunny-hop over the upper North Island bringing some heavy rain potential to northern NZ tonight and on Tuesday but with more than 90% of the rain falling out at sea.

Low to skim upper North Island this Mon/Tue - heavy rain possible but isolated (+3 Maps)

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Early next week a small but possibly potent low will track through Auckland and Northland. The low is not major and shows no signs of bringing damaging winds but the system may tap into enough sub-tropical energy to create a few big downpours that are slow moving over the north of the North Island.

Sunday's national forecast - Dry and settled for most

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After a week of rain, wind and cloud for the North Island the big low responsible is now truly moving away to the east allowing some high pressure to push in over the island.

The South Island continues their powerful run of settled weather under high pressure.

Claim MetService engaging in false advertising, complaint laid to ComCom

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By the Otago Daily Times --- Private forecasting company WeatherWatch claims MetService is engaging in ''misleading advertising'' and has taken the state-owned enterprise to the Commerce Commission.
The complaint relates to delays in passing on publicly available weather information that allows other forecasting companies to operate.

Rugby weather for NZ vs Argentina in Nelson tonight as low finally pulls away from NZ (+3 Maps)

A low will gradually leave the North Island today and a high will prevail over both islands by the end of Saturday. It will be sunny in most areas, including Nelson ahead of the big All Blacks game tonight against Argentina.

Weather Video: A better weekend on the cards but low next week to watch

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After a week of similar weather we finally have some changes coming, for the North Island at least which has had a bit of a rough week.

Heavy rain in Hawke’s Bay will come to an end on Saturday then showers clear out to sea. High pressure grows by Sunday with most of NZ settled and dry.