Garden city escapes winters bite

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Christchurch has largely escaped the wild weather over the last 10 days with only a few showers and occasional wind gusts from the nor' west being anything of note.

Although temperatures have just been a little below par for mid July during the day, sunny skies with just the odd cloudy spell have graced Canterbury skies.

Australian frosts heading our way

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Adelaide and Melbourne both shivered through their coldest mornings of the year today while many areas across the southeast plummeted well below freezing.

Dr James Renwick responds to your Climate Change questions

Dr James Renwick of NIWA responds to your questions relating to Climate Change. thanks Dr Renwick for taking the time to answer the many questions sent in by our readers.

Dr Renwick's replies are in italics.

Global warming 'influencing weather extremes'

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Human-influenced global warming has played a role in the severe weather events in New Zealand and abroad over the past year, says a visiting climate expert.

Weather-related disasters in the past year range from a heatwave in Russia to flooding in Pakistan, China, India, and Queensland and drought in Brazil.

Sub-tropical low looms for next week

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The cold has barely had a chance to even make a dent to northern New Zealand despite now being the half way mark of winter, and just when it felt like the cold was setting in Mother Nature surprises us with a sub-tropical low.

While it's not going to bring especially mild weather it should bring more above average overnight lows, plus the potential to drag in more heavy rain.

Floods send vege prices soaring

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The Queensland floods are being blamed for a massive increase in the cost of tomatoes, capsicums and cucumber during June.

The latest Statistics New Zealand Food Price Index shows food prices were up 1.4 per cent, led by a 12.2 per cent increase in the fruit and vegetables subgroup.

Weather Video: Winter storm update and bring you the latest information with an extended weather forecast presented by Philip Duncan.

This video covers the latest squalls and thunderstorms (tracking around central NZ as of mid afternoon and heading northwards for tonight).

Photos (10) - View of storm from above the clouds

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A unique view of snow clouds, thunderstorms and squalls taken earlier today on a flight from Christchurch to Auckland by our head weather analyst Philip Duncan.

"From the ground the clouds look hazy and fairly unimpressive...but from the sky it's like flying into the tropics".

Winter storm hits whole country

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A powerful winter storm that has sparked 20 severe weather warnings has knocked down an elderly woman on the Kapiti Coast, caused disruption on the Auckland harbour Bridge and made the search for a Canterbury possum hunter even more difficult.

Tsunami generated after powerful South Pacific earthquake

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New Zealand Civil Defence earlier today issued a Tsunami Warning Marine for New Zealand following a powerful 7.8 magnitude earthquake which has struck off the Kermadec Islands this morning.

As of 9:30am all warnings were cancelled.