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Weather going downhill across New Zealand

As predicted on Monday a nasty low has rapidly developed in the past 24 hours over the Tasman Sea and today it will cross the country.

The low is expected to cross the upper South Island or central New Zealand area sometime this afternoon or evening.  It’s quite complicated – with secondary lows forming as the main one starts to fizzle out.  In short – the energy is simply being transferred from west coast to east coast over the next 12 to 24 hours.

That means heavy rain will affect both the west and the east – and blustery winds will too.

However as the low crosses the country today not everyone will have stormy weather.

In the north the rain will be fairly standard – with sunny spells moving in later and gustier winds too.

No severe weather where I am?
It’s important to note the most severe weather is near the centre of the low – the further to the north or south you are, the less intense it will be overall.  General speaking most of the roughest weather will be through central areas of NZ, north of Otago and south of Waikato.

We’ll update you across the day – and this morning we’re keen to hear about weather conditions where you are – post a comment below and share your weather observations/conditions with other readers!


whangarei on 13/10/2012 1:19am

Very windy up at airport, house is shaking and keeping an eye on the tramp.

nathan on 12/10/2012 11:26pm

Overcast and very wet here in temuka, have had constant heavy rain now since about 7am

Rose on 12/10/2012 10:17pm

We had a heavy shower not long ago and it is very windy right now. It definitely feels stormy. If Northland isn’t meant to be hit with this storm too hard then I worry about what is happening down south.


Grant Dempsey on 12/10/2012 10:00pm

Hi Phil and the team from Sydney,IF ANYTHING TO GO BY YESTERDAY HERE IN Sydney was the coldest October day since 1978,got to 15 late yesterday but at 1pm was only 11 in the city.People were phoning in the radio from the Blue Mountains so they had never seen so much snow,it was bitterly cold so wish you guys well in the next day.
You do agreat job and I alaways check WW every day to see whats going on at home.

Diana on 12/10/2012 9:54pm

No winds, quite calm, overcast, we have had rain – not heavy, not cold – smell of sulphur in the air. all good so far 🙂

Diana on 13/10/2012 2:28am

Feilding, 3.30pm luift air, gentle breeze, just a few spits.. Bit of a fizzer. patches of blue skies.

Basem on 12/10/2012 9:42pm

The rains stopped now in the North Shore, still windy

Jonny on 12/10/2012 9:26pm

Heavy rain currently falling in the Albany/Coatesville area

Warren on 12/10/2012 9:21pm

Steady rain, some thunder, strongish winds Aorere Valley. Paddocks slowly flooding, Aorere River running high with logs and some debris appearing at Collingwood.

Guest on 12/10/2012 9:20pm

Blustery warm wind with spits of rain from the North(ish) here. Poor buggers at the Growers Market trying to keep their canopies from taking off.

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