NZ


Weekend outlook

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A cold front will unsettle the weather across the country this weekend, but not all at once.


Poll: 1/3 of Kiwis are very worried about power price rise

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A recent poll in the New Zealand Herald says that most Kiwis are concerned about the power price increase.

Of the roughly 15,000 respondents, 32% said they were really worried about whether they can afford the increase.

37% said it was a bit concerning.


Thunderstorms could rumble parts of NI this afternoon and tonight

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A new low moving in off the Tasman Sea will bring more wind and rain to the North Island this afternoon and tonight.

Some of that rain may fall from thunderstorms.  Some heavy falls are also possible.


Wednesday's national forecast

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Another weather system will make its way toward New Zealand today.  The Tasmanian low will bring more wind and rain to the North Island as we head into the afternoon and evening hours.  That’s on top of the showers that will be dotting the island this morning.


What is "wind chill"?

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Pretty much everyone knows that if it’s cold outside, it will feel even colder if the wind is blowing.

But why is that?  Does it worth the same way on animals?  What about cars?  And just how do you figure out how much of the factor the wind really is?


An icy bite to today's wind.

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Even I think this is cold, and that’s saying a lot.  After having been raised in temperatures cold enough to freeze water pipes (literally), I can take a lot of cold.  But today, I have to admit it; I’m cold.

Of course, it's not just the air temperatures today.  It's the wind too.


The Remarkables to celebrate opening this weekend

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The Remarkables ski area in Queenstown is all set to celebrate opening and kick start its 2012 season this Saturday.

Natural snow fall and cold temperatures allowing consistent snow making this past week means The Remarkables will open with on-trail snow depths of up to 20cm – with a very cold snap and expected snow in the short-term forecast.


Friday's national forecast

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A southerly flow will keep southern and eastern regions of both islands a bit unsettled today.


Thursday's national forecast

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An increasing southerly flow will bring precipitation to the lower and eastern South Island today as well as the lower North Island.


Wednesday's national forecast

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A ridge of high pressure to our west will be our weather-maker for today.