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Sunday's national forecast + 7 days rainfall coming up

Due to hot air flowing around high pressure for a while, temperatures will be higher than normal, especially quite higher during daytime. 
 
Drought - Judging from the temperature & precipitation trends there is a possibility that a drought will increase - especially over the North Island widely in the coming week or two.
 

VIDEO: Northern NZ has now caught Australia’s drought

As WeatherWatch.co.nz first mentioned back in September last year, the upper North Island is caught up in the big dry from Australia.

Now NZ Government forecasters say drought has arrived in Northland, Auckland and north Waikato - the same regions we’ve been focused on since spring.


Dry 14 days ahead for many + Rain Accumulation Maps for rest of January & 14 days

High pressure has finally locked itself over New Zealand and apart from a few weak rainmakers brushing Fiordland and spreading a little further up the West Coast or over into Southland the rest of the country is definitely leaning much drier than normal.


Auckland Anniversary weather looking dry, calm, hot for some (+3 Maps)

Half of New Zealand has a long weekend this weekend and the forecast is looking fantastic for most spots in the upper North Island.

As high pressure continues to dominate, putting pressure on those who rely on rainwater, it's giving a positive spin to holidaymakers after unsettled start to January in northern NZ.


VIDEO: Hotter, drier, weather moving in to NZ now

We are entering peak summer with even hotter, drier, weather in the forecast for the next week in many regions. 


Big Dry over northern NZ increasing - A drought is forming (+6 Maps)

Back in September 2019 WeatherWatch.co.nz alluded to northern NZ catching Australia's dry - now even more dry weather is forecast.


VIDEO: Drought risk increasing in NZ as hotter, drier, weather sets in

The big dry over northern and eastern parts of New Zealand is getting even drier - and hotter. Airflows out of Australia and the sub-tropics, coupled with a large amount of high pressure keeps NZ drier than average in most places.


VIDEO: Ex-Cyclone Tino churns up some NZ beaches, Dry end to January for most

It’s our first weather video of 2020 and we’re tracking the increased waves and rips brought in by ex-Cyclone Tino which now lies east of the North Island.

The storm will not impact our weather but it will increase wave heights, frequency and rips in our eastern beaches - mainly the North Island.


Sizeable cyclone may brush NZ in 7 days time, Fiji & Tonga more exposed

The tropics are becoming very active north of NZ with WeatherWatch.co.nz saying conditions are ideal for Tropical Cyclone formation this coming week.


Increased tropical cyclone potential north of NZ next 14 days (+3 Maps)

The tropics north of New Zealand has become quite active in recent days with plenty of rain and downpours forming right across the South West Pacific.