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A LOW in the northern Tasman Sea is today going to bring some heavy rain to northern Northland with the potential for the system to stall over the region.
“This low has been slowly spiralling in the Tasman for the past few days and today it will organise itself a little better” says Philip Duncan of the The Radio Network’s Weather Watch Centre.  “There has been plenty of high pressure over the country for the past week or so, so conditions are very slow moving, but we’re only expecting heavy rain for regions north of Whangarei”.
“There may even be a few thunderstorms thrown in overnight tonight”.
Elsewhere and the South Island and majority of the North Island, south of Auckland, is looking mainly calm, with sunnier spells the further south you go.  “A large high will remain firm over the rest of New Zealand today but with the low pushing against it there could be some winds developing north of Auckland, especially on Thursday”.  Duncan says this is a typical La Nina set up with a large high to the east of New Zealand and lows forming in the northern Tasman. 
Duncan says make the most of the sunny weather because showers are likely everywhere this weekend as another small low forms in the Tasman Sea and spreads a rain band over most districts.
INTERNATIONAL WEATHER CENTRE – Super Typhoon produces winds of 300km/h!
China – Typhoon Wipha is closing in on China and is likely to brush Shanghai today, then into Korea later in the week.  The typhoon reached Super Typhoon status (similar to a Category 5 Hurricane only stronger – thanks to the Pacific Ocean being much bigger than the Atlantic, Typhoons can grow much stronger than Hurricanes).  Winds AVERAGED 240km/h with gusts to a staggering 300km/h!
Texas – more stormy weather could be on the way for the drenched American state of Texas.  Humid air being sucked into the Gulf of Mexico is expected to drive more thunderstorms into the area and even a tropical storm.  Last week the fastest growing Hurricane in recorded history surprised all forecasters as it moved into Texas adding more rain to the already saturated soil.
Eastern United States – Summer is ending north of New York as frosts move in after a blistering Summer, meanwhile a blocking high over Georgia and Florida brings more stress to farmers already suffering from a long drought.



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