Low pressure covers North Island but centred over Northland for much of today (+9 Maps)

It was a wet and windy night in the upper North Island now wind and rain is moving across the rest of the island and some of the upper South Island as the low very slowly moves in.

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VIDEO: Low dominates North Island but westerlies return nationwide by Friday

More wind and rain today for parts of the North Island with some heavy falls lingering in the upper North Island and spreading down the eastern side as far south as Wairarapa.

VIDEO: Subtropical low to bring rain and gales for parts of the North Island

A low coming out of the sub-tropics continues to deepen today and will bring a burst of rain and later gales to parts of the upper North Island.

On Tuesday these winds slide further down the island towards Cook Strait with heavy rain mainly pushing down the eastern coastline.

Northern low to bring patches of gales and rain next few days (+4 Maps)

A low from the sub-tropics is deepening quickly today as it moves into the upper North Island. Following a calm weekend easterly quarter winds are already picking up and will increase across the day and night.

As the low moves in the wind direction will change slightly which may see some areas become more sheltered while others get stronger gusts.

Wet, windy start to the week for northern NZ (+4 Maps)

A low will rapidly deepen overnight tonight and across Monday as it slides in to Northland, building east to south east winds across the upper North Island with a burst of gales and also some heavy rain.

Sunday's national forecast

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Light winds around New Zealand today means the weather won't be too dynamic with just a few showers here and there.

Winds in both main islands look light although the easterly flow in the lower South Island does continue - but it's fairly light.

Typhoon Hagibis makes direct aim for Tokyo as it makes landfall in Japan

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VIDEO: NZ has a sub-tropical storm on Monday and Tuesday

Recorded Friday -- We have New Zealand’s forecast and we are tracking a sub-tropical low in the upper North Island this Monday. It has potential for severe weather and is one to monitor.

We are also tracking Typhoon Hagibis as it heads towards Tokyo, Japan with a special in-depth update as the storm approaches there this weekend.

Typhoon Hagibis aiming for Japan, Rugby World Cup to be affected (+Maps)

A serious storm is bearing down on Japan. Typhoon Hagibis currently has wind gusts up to 315km/h out over the Pacific Ocean. Winds are sustained around 260km/h at the moment.

By the time the storm approaches Tokyo on Saturday sustained winds will be down to 195km/h and reducing even further as it loses typhoon status - but still will be a very significant storm.