The nation's forecast for this first day of 2012

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Here's the way things are shaping up on this New Year's Day.

North Island-

A very cloudy day is expected for the island.  Rainshowers will keep the central part of the island wet for much of the day.  Heavy rain is possible, mainly tonight and mainly in the southern half including places like Tongariro National Park, Taihape and Hawke's Bay.

A wet weather welcome for 2012

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Tens of thousands across the North Island braved miserable weather and counted down to 2012.
Muck from the big wet was so bad a hose had to be hauled into Thames Hospital emergency department to clean patients turning up from the Coromandel Gold music festival before treatment because they were so caked in mud.

The nation's weather for tonight and tomorrow

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So what can you expect where you are as you ring in the new year?  Here are the details.

North Island-

2011 will end on a soggy note for the North Island, warm and sunny for the South Island

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Rainfall has continued across the North Island and the far northern South Island overnight.  Those same areas look like they will contune to be rather soggy on this final day of 2011.

We want to know how things are by you as the sun sets on 2011

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All week long we've been telling you about the wind and rain expected from the ex-Fina.

Now it's your turn.  Tell us what you've actually experienced.  Have you been inside most today or have you been able to venture out of doors.  I'm sure many folks in Southland and Otago have had some nice weather today.

So tell us how you are going...


Your New Year's Weekend forecast

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With rain dousing the North Island today, as well as the northern section of the South Island, you might be concerned that New Year's Eve could be a washout.  For many of us, it may very well end up being just that.

Ready for some GOOD news?

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From WeatherWatch Analyst Howard Joseph

There is some nice weather on the way, believe it or not.  Depending on where you are in the country, you may see it before New Year's Day.

Ex-Fina begins to unleash wind and rain on NZ

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Ex-cyclone Fina has arrived and the upper North Island is already dealing with blustery conditions and a mix of rainy and dry spells while heavy rain sets in across Nelson.

The latest on all the warnings

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As the storm continues to show its hand, we are getting a better idea of who is going to see the heaviest rains and where the flooding threats are the highest.

For that reason, warnings continue to be tailored to fit the situation as it unfolds.  Here's the latest from MetService on their warnings as of 11:55 this morning.

On the North Island;

Rain is falling, heavy stuff expected later today

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Rain continues to move across the northern parts of the South Island this morning.  Showers are also moving over the western Waikato and Taranaki on the North Island.

Rain will continue to develop throughout the morning and become heavy in some areas by this afternoon.