Saturday's national forecast

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A wet and windy weekend is expected for New Zealand.  Several spring fronts will bring heavy rain and strong winds with them.

The strongest winds are likely to be about central New Zealand today.  Much of the South Island will also see the stronger winds.  Severe gales are expected in these areas.

A rainy and windy weekend

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Heavy rain has lessened a bit about the West Coast this morning.  The majority of rain, and the potential for heavy rain will be about places like Nelson, Taranaki and Wellington for the early part of today.  The focus for stronger winds will be about central New Zealand as well, although severe gales are still a threat about the deep south, Marlborough and Canterbury where government

More rain and wind for the South Island

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High pressure to the north of the country and low pressure to the south will combine to create a strong, moist flow across the Mainland for the next few days.

1,000,000 Kiwis are signed up for NZ ShakeOut

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It started back in March.  The goal was clearly defined.  Get 1,000,000 Kiwis to participate in one, nationwide earthquake drill to be held on 26 September at 9:26 am, (9:26-26-9).

Yesterday, they hit that 1,000,000 mark and participants continue to sign up.

NZ ShakeOut - online game to help you get ready

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The New Zealand ShakeOut is fast approaching their goal of 1,000,000 participants.

According to their website, over 970,000 people have already signed up to “Drop, Cover and Hold” during the countrywide earthquake drill at 9:26 am on 26-09-2012.

High will try to keep NI dry later this week

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The first work week of spring is sure starting off wet.  A big blob of rain has been spreading over the North Island during the overnight.  Even places that aren’t getting rain now, like Gisborne and Hawkes Bay, will eventually end up with rain, probably before midday.

Your Monday outlook

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The focus of the rain will shift north tomorrow, from the western regions of the South Island to much of the North Island.

A windy and cloudy Father's Day

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It’s been a fairly cloudy and breezy here in the Waikato today.  In fact, it’s been fairly cloudy and breezy all over the North Island.

Now things are turning a bit wet at the top of the island with showers already being reported about Northland.

Heavy rain threat today and tomorrow

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A typical spring front that is loaded with moisture will continue to spread rain across the western sections of the South Island today and then across much of the country tomorrow.

First week of spring will be unsettled

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North Islanders won’t see a lot of rain today.  Even some South Islanders will have rain-free hours during the day today.

But that will all change as we head into tonight and tomorrow.