Next 48hrs: Rain pushes down eastern NZ with some heavy falls, warm in the west (+3 Maps)

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A large low in the Tasman Sea now spreads partially across New Zealand and is feeding in a wet nor'easter down the eastern side of both main islands.

Sunday's national forecast

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The large low that recently affecting southern and eastern Australia continues to move towards New Zealand and brings another day of downpours in the north and patchy rain and showers elsewhere.

3 day Rainfall Accumulation Map to help make sense of all the various downpours

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Patchy rain for some, drizzle for others, the odd heavy fall, oh and don't forget the isolated thunderstorms/downpours too and of course the large dry spells. Now repeat this forecast over the next few more days and suddenly it starts to become quite confusing as to who gets what.

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Weather Video: Very large low moves in this weekend, another one next week

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Friday is a settled day across many parts of New Zealand with remaining showers clearing - but as we head into Saturday a much larger area of low pressure from the Tasman Sea will slowly move in.
Downpours in the upper North Island may be heavy on Saturday morning with patchy lighter showers in both islands.
On Sunday the low moves in clos

VIDEO: Two more big lows to dominate NZ before December - we track likely rainfall totals

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A huge low pressure system is moving towards New Zealand this weekend and is larger than the one we have over us already. It’s a different low, it will bring warmer weather and a higher risk of thunderstorms. It’s also so large it has big areas of completely dry, calm, weather as well.

Sydney and NSW hit by dust storm - will it reach NZ? (Photos + Dust Maps)

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Parts of New South Wales are being hit by a dramatic dust storm today with parts of Sydney now affected by dust. The storm stretches 500kms and light dust is now falling in Sydney with forecasters saying the skies could turn red this afternoon.

After a colder than normal week, NZ temperatures set to spring back to warmer than average (+3 Maps)

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More than half of this week has been colder than average for this time of the year in New Zealand but that ends today, with the exception of Hawke's Bay.

More rain possible next week for already drenched Coastal Otago, Canterbury (+3 Maps)

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The saturated, wetter than average, eastern side of the South Island may be in for even more rain next week as two other very large lows cross over New Zealand.

InfoGraphics (x6): Rain, temperatures, wind, thunder & more (Weds to Fri)

There's a lot of moving parts to the weather right now, so let's just keep this simple with mostly Maps/InfoGraphics explaining the current spring weather set up.

Basically the large low over NZ moves away on Thursday, leaving a few afternoon downpours and isolated thunderstorms inland near the main divide of both islands, then a fairly calm/dry day on Friday.