Monday could be a little loud

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Precipitation has been found across much of the central part of New Zealand today.  As we head into this evening we also find showers falling on Northland and Auckland.

Satellite pictures show that there is even more moisture on the way as the low continues to advance on New Zealand from the west.

Rain has targeted central NZ so far

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It’s been a wet today for the lower North Island and upper South Island.

Showers and even a few thunderstorms made their way into central New Zealand just after sunrise this morning.

And have yet to leave.

Thunder may rumble today and tonight

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The incoming centre of low pressure will bring rain to the country today, tonight, tomorrow and Tuesday.  With that rain, may come some lightning and thunder.

Sunday's national forecast

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It will be a day of increasing clouds and developing rainfall for much of the country.  The Tasman low is already sending the first batch of rain toward Taranaki this morning.

Tasman low could bring heavy rain, more thunder

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Our next weather maker, another Tasman low, will be blanketing much of the country with precipitation by tomorrow evening.

A few thunderstorms are also possible with this system.

Saturday settles after a loud start for some

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What a show last night.  Auckland saw some of the most intense lightning in a long time.  Some claps of thunder were so loud, they set off car alarms.

Auckland wasn’t alone in seeing the fireworks show last night.  Southern Northland and parts of the Waikato also saw thunderstorms roll through.

Saturday's national forecast

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Showers and thunderstorms will continue across central parts of the North Island this morning.  Auckland, Hamilton and New Plymouth can expect to see precipitation during the morning hours.  Clearing skies and settled weather is expected for later this morning and this afternoon.

750,000 participating in national earthquake drill - aiming for 1 million

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More than 750,000 people are participating in New Zealand’s biggest ever earthquake drill, New Zealand ShakeOut, says Civil Defence in Wellington.  The Director of Civil Defence Emergency Management, John Hamilton said the aim is to have 1 million people do the “Drop, Cover and Hold” earthquake drill at 9:26-26:9 (9:26am on 26 September 2012).

Another weekend, another Tasmanian low

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It’s getting to sound like a broken record.  A low will be crossing the Tasman Sea this weekend, bringing more rain to the country.

Skydiver seriously injured in fall

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A skydiver has been flown to hospital with multiple serious injuries after his parachute failed over Motueka airport.

Emergency services were called to the upper South Island airport at about 2pm after the man landed heavily on grass.

Police said the man's main parachute had failed to open properly.