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

Updated 12:20am Sunday NZDT, 8:20pm Saturday JST --- A major disaster is expected over both the coastal and inland areas of the Pacific side of eastern & northern Japan as Typhoon Hagibis bears down.
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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.

VIDEO: Sub-tropical low next week may create severe weather for northern NZ

We are monitoring two lows, the first is a large but stalled low in the Tasman Sea the other is a second possibly more aggressive low early next week in northern NZ.

The Tasman Sea one will bring more heavy rain to the West Coast today and is helping create wintry conditions again around Southland and Otago - until Saturday.

Sub-tropical low next week may bring severe weather (+2 Maps)

Another low that will quickly deepen overnight Sunday and into Monday may bring severe weather to the upper North Island early next week but it's still too early to lock in.

Typhoon Hagibis threatens Japan this Friday & Saturday

Typhoon Hagibis is a large scale and a violent storm moving quickly northwestward at around 12kt (22kmh)
It will likely make a northeastward turn around Friday evening.

Thunderstorms cross Napier and Hastings with hail and dramatic clouds (Videos + Photos)

A band of intense thunderstorms tracked west to east across Hawke's Bay with some incredible shelf clouds appearing this afternoon.

The small but highly active front was tracking towards the sea and brought hail storms, thunder and possible squalls.

The thunderstorms and downpours affecting Hawke's Bay from about 3pm to 5pm.

Wintry blasts are normal Spring weather - but it's not Winter

"So much for spring" is a comment we get each time a cold blast comes in during spring. But spring is not summer.

Updated: Rain and Snow Accumulation Maps for next few days (+4 Maps)

With a spring blast affecting New Zealand we have wintry weather in the south and milder, windier, weather in the north.

VIDEO: Spring blast sees wintry weather for a time - warmer this weekend

We have a surge of windy weather across NZ for the next two days with cold air from the Southern Ocean dropping temperatures in most regions today and everywhere by tonight. We have a few squally showers today, some with hail and even a random isolated thunderstorm or two.