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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.


Heavy rain update

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Low pressure, currently centred right over central New Zealand, will continue to bring heavy rain to parts of the country.

The main threat today will be about Waikato, Hawkes Bay, Gisborne, Canterbury and eastern Otago.


Your Monday outlook

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It will be difficult to find a dry slice of Aotearoa tomorrow.


An unsettled week ahead for many

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The low currently driving our wet weather will make its way across the country late tomorrow and Tuesday.  That means heavy rain for eastern parts of the South Island through tomorrow.  Clouds and showers for the North Island.


Heavy rain update

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Waikato, Central Plateau and eastern Bay of Plenty are all seeing patches of heavy rain this morning.  General rainfall covers much of the lower half of the North Island and upper two-thirds of the South Island.