Friday's national forecast

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Friday will start off fairly quiet and rather pleasant for most of the country.

It very likely will not end that way.

Thursday's national forecast

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A fast moving low is bringing plenty of rain to New Zealand today.  It should be on its way out by tonight.  But tomorrow will just be the calm before the next storm comes in on Saturday.

For today, look for very wet conditions for both Islands.The South Island could see the rain ease this afternoon.The North Island will probably have to wait until tonight.

Wednesday's national forecast

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This final day of the summer could be another wet one for many Kiwis.

Tuesday's national forecast

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It could wind up being a warm and dry day for parts of New Zealand today.

Column: Everyman's weather forecaster bows out

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He has the hair of a fluffy cumulus cloud, he introduced the term "weather bomb" to New Zealanders and his title of "weather ambassador" is unique. Bob McDavitt retired last week from his long-held job with the state forecaster, MetService.

An update on our potential for a late week storm...

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On Saturday, I talked about the chance for seeing a potent low come in off the Tasman and bring us some rough weather for this coming Friday.

Now it looks like that may be delayed a few days.

Monday's national forecast

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A lovely day is shaping up for New Zealand on this, the final Monday of summer.

Plenty of sunshine is expected for most areas.  That will lead to some pretty summer-like temperatures.  In fact, highs across central Otago could be right around 30 this afternoon.  Most other areas should see highs in the low to mid 20's. 

More on lore

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We've been talking a bit about weather lore over the last couple of days.

But how much of it has a basis in fact?  Can you really forecast the weather using these sayings?

Let's take a look at a few of them...

Lambs, lions and the month of March

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There is a saying that if "March comes in like a lion, it goes out like a lamb".

It will be interesting to see how the month ends, because it looks like the beginning of the month is going to have a decidedly "King of the Jungle" flavour to it.

Saturday's national forecast

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High pressure continues to push toward New Zealand today.

That has set up a nice southwesterly flow across the country.  So look for lots of dry and settled weather today with just a few chances for showers.