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Mid afternoon Update

Clouds are building across northern New Zealand as a very narrow band of showers move in from the Tasman Sea towards western Northland, Auckland and Waikato.  At this stage they look fairly weak but a few isolated pockets, especially further down country, may see some heavy falls.

Torrential rain has fallen around Mt Taranaki but so far has stayed away from Wellington.

Weather analyst Richard Green confirmed that Mt Cook has now clocked up over 500mm (half a metre!) of rain from this system over the past few days.

Temperatures in the east remain high, while warm humid conditions remain in the north… make the most of it, a cold snap starts tomorrow in Southland and heads north.

Current Extremes….click “Read more” for full details…


  • Hastings 24
  • Gisborne, Napier, Christchurch 23
  • Auckland City, Hamilton, Paeroa, Timaru 22

Coldest Regions

  • Southland, Central Otago around the 16 degree mark

Wettest Centre

  • Wanganui 1.2 mm/hr

Windiest Centres

  • Whangaparaoa & Wellington (winds averaging in the mid 30km/h range)

What’s it like where you are?  What’s the weather been like in your region?  Post a comment below!

Hottest Centres


Derek on 28/04/2009 4:58am

After a fairly sunny start the day here in Whangarei has turned very cloudy with a strongish wind form NE I think, was very calm early on. Rain is not here yet but looking very much like it is not too far away.
We presently have 20 deg and 76% humidity, like many other centres a very tropical feel to it.

Am hoping the rain will be mostly gone by morning as have work to do outside.
I am also looking forward to a drop in the humidity with the coming weather from down South as the nights have been hard to sleep in just like back in January.

Does this Southerly low contain a lot of moisture or is it just a cool blow?

Guest on 28/04/2009 2:58am

Hi, from in the heart of Palmerston north, currently overcast, with the odd drip or two falling from the sky – hardly enough to call rain/showers.

No wind, not even a breeze. humid conditions continue.
Traffic flows steady around the city

Bre on 28/04/2009 4:08am

No other way to describe the weather here in levin. My weather station maxed out at 26.4c at 2.38pm with humidity around 92%, although I suppose we will only be around 19 or 20 again on the news. About 3.5mm so far as I live close to the hills. So very tropical indeed.

Douglas on 28/04/2009 5:24am

Bre, your weather station is faulty or the exposure is wrong. You are claiming dewpoints of 25C. Northern New Zealand will get that sort of thing maybe once a year, and it will be in January/February. Even places like Brisbane rarely see 25C dewpoints.

Bre on 28/04/2009 9:34am

yes it may be faulty though I did only set it up the Saturday before last. My neighbour insisted that I buy one as he wants to see how accurate his is as there is always a huge discrepincy between his and metservice. I will correct it as it was 84% but it did max out at 26.4c. His was 25.9c also with 84% humidity so not much difference, I use a farmers pro station. And the town clock at 3pm this afternoon read 25c so I can’t see how it can be that wrong? It was very humid and very warm, so it seemed fitting.

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