Family rescued from Northland floodwaters

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UPDATED 1:23pm --- A fire crew had to use an inflatable boat to rescue a family of three from rising flood waters near Ngunguru, 22km northeast of Whangarei, with flooding expected to get worse over the next day.

Are you getting rained on this morning?

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It could be sodden day for much of the North Island.

Rain has been falling in the upper regions of the island during the overnight and early morning hours.  The rain will continue to slide across the rest of the island as we go throughout the day.

So how has this Monday started for you?  Are you seeing rain?  Has it been heavy?  How are the winds?

Monday's national forecast

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A dying cold front will continue to work its way up the South Island today.  This could bring some showers to the northern part of the South Island.  The deep south should see some clearing skies as a ridge of high pressure builds in behind that front.

Saturday's national forecast

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Another settled day is expected for the country today.

There are a few exceptions, however.  Northland, Auckland and Bay of Plenty could see a few passing showers today.  Fiordland and the West Coast could see a few showers too, especially this evening.

Friday's national forecast

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One more generally settled day is expected before things start to get windy and maybe rainy for this weekend.

Hopes fading for 8 lost at sea

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At least one body has been recovered as hopes fade for eight people, including at least two young children, missing at sea tonight after a fishing vessel capsized in the Foveaux Strait.

One of the nine people from the vessel, the Easy Rider, was found alive by rescuers tonight - after 18 hours in the icy waters between Bluff and Stewart Island. One body was reportedly found tonight.

Thursday's national forecast

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A cold front is expected to unsettle the weather across the deep south today.

Showers will spread across Southland and Otago this morning and then work their way north this afternoon.  The West Coast and Canterbury will both have a chance for seeing this rain later today.

Wednesday's national forecast

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It looks like it will be another dry and settled day for most of the country.

The southern edges of both islands may see a few showers.  Areas around New Plymouth and Palmerston North could see showers this evening.  Invercargill could see showers late this afternoon.

Significant Aussie rains may impact NZ next week

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Major Aussie rainstorms are set to return this week across northern regions thanks to at least three tropical lows - one of which is likely to become a tropical cyclone - and says the rain will do its best to head towards New Zealand too.

Tuesday's national forecast

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A few showers are still possible about a few eastern sections of New Zealand today.  For most areas though, it looks like a settled and sunny day.