Hail as big as golfballs pummels Timaru (+Pics & Videos)

BREAKING NEWS --- Dramatic downpours are passing over Timaru and Oamaru right now and one downpour a short time ago blanketed Timaru in thick and heavy hail. has received confirmed reports of broken windows and roofing from the large hail storm.

The downpours may contain thunder as well but should ease this afternoon. 

Is a 'Big Dry' forming in New Zealand already? (+3 Maps)

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2019 has been drier than normal in many regions and we're only now entering what is typically our driest months ahead. What does this mean for our country? has been closely monitoring the patterns lately and notes that for this time of year rainfall is down in many regions. 

PHOTOS: Fire burns as winds churn through Auckland

Gales with gusts over 100km/h are expected for much of today in Auckland making it harder to battle the fire at Sky City.

Weather not on the side of Auckland firefighters today, we have the latest wind graphs

As firefighters continue to battle the blaze at Sky City, weather forecasters are focused on more gales coming in to the city today.

A cold front is moving through the city this morning bringing heavy showers, some squally with hail. (Squally showers are when winds suddenly ramp up, often over gale force, with very little warning).

VIDEO: Stormy Wednesday, warmer Labour Weekend

**PLEASE NOTE: Due to the fire at Sky City we have NO VIDEO UPDATE FOR WEDNESDAY as our studio in the city has been closed for the day**


Gale force winds may cause issues on Wednesday, we have 7 maps + timing

A very windy Wednesday is coming for large parts of the North Island with gales exceeding 120km/h in some exposed areas. Winds this strong may cause powercuts, make driving more dangerous and in some exposed areas may even cause damage to weak buildings/sheds.

Dangerous western marine & beach conditions this week, waves of 9M possible (+3 Maps)

With a burst of gale force winds, possibly hurricane force at sea for a time, wave heights are going to be big in the west of both islands this week.

This makes for dangerous marine and beach conditions along the western side of the country, in particular the western side of the North Island which is more exposed to this set up.

Windy wild Wednesday for many regions (+2 Wind Maps)

Wednesday is not the flashest days this week. About 70% of NZ will be colder than average while gales will impact the North Island and upper South Island.

It's all part of a rough spring set up this week which will see wintry weather spreading nationwide for a time, along with a surge of wind and rain - plus snow on the mountains. And in spring style it's warmer, sunnier, by Saturday.

Westerlies to dominate rest of October, possible Labour Weekend blast too (+3 Maps)

Westerly quarter winds will dominate New Zealand for the rest of the month - but we do have at least three influential low pressure systems. says an uptick in high pressure north of NZ and over eastern Australia will help push westerly quarter winds over New Zealand, somtimes mild nor'westers or westerlies, other times colder sou'westers.

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.