Big high rolling in, warmer than average for some + easterlies coming next week

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The southerly change this week has already moved through and while snow did fall lower than initially forecast it has not been a major event with some places very quickly bouncing back to normal today temperature wise.

PHOTOS x 6: Snow falls to 150m in Southland, sea level in some parts of Dunedin

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UPDATED 10:11pm:  Reports are coming in of isolated snow to sea level in Dunedin, mainly around Portobello Road area. A cold front has started to march up the South Island bringing snow generally down to about 150 to 180 metres where it is settling for now. Some snow flurries are going lower to around 100m with sleet and hail to sea level. 

Weather Video: Big complicated low in Tasman Sea - we break it down and explain

A large low in the Tasman Sea is set to bring stormy weather to south eastern Australia while at the same time drenching parts of New Zealand.
It’s a very big complicated system that is broken

Weather Video: Tasman Sea storm develops, heavy rain coming + record wave measured in NZ

The largest wave ever recorded in the Southern Ocean, a storm in the Tasman Sea and heavy sub-tropical rain - just some of the thngs we touch on in today’s weather video.

We cover the big wave captured by MetOcean following a big storm south of New Zealand on Tuesday, we then focus on the next storm - one in the Tasman Sea.

Extreme Tasman Sea storm to blast Australia and drench New Zealand (+15 Maps)

Extensive Coverage --- A significant storm is developing in the Tasman Sea and will bring extreme conditions to the south eastern side of Australia while drenching parts of New Zealand too.

There's a lot to cover so we'll keep Australia and New Zealand weather separate and in bullet points below.

NZ's MetOcean measures largest wave ever recorded in Southern Hemisphere

On Tuesday night the MetOcean Solutions wave buoy moored in the Southern Ocean just south of New Zealand recorded a massive 23.8 m wave.

Big storm in the Southern Ocean, big high to the north, NZ in the middle (+5 Maps)

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New Zealand is in an air pressure sandwich today with a big high moving towards the upper North Island at the same time as a big storm churns by well south of the lower South Island, nearer to Antarctica.

Drier than normal trend for most of New Zealand next 7 days (+3 Maps)

2018 has had plenty of rain events with most regions actually wetter than average for this time of the year. Soil moisture maps indicate just a few dry spots (like around Taihape, Gisborne and between northern Auckland and Whangarei) but none of these dry areas are serious, although they may be limiting pasture growth a little lately.

Aucklanders deal with more trees down and power outages on Saturday

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UPDATED 5:04pm --- A burst of gusty to gale force winds on Saturday cut power to over 1000 Aucklanders and brought trees down, some even on to vehicles.

Vector still working around the clock to switch all of Auckland back on after hurricane force winds

Branches heavy enough to crush cars and buildings, roofing iron ripped off and blown at speeds faster than the limit on our open roads, just a taste of what the network of powerlines and powerpoles across Auckland faced on Tuesday night as hurricane force winds hit Auckland with gusts over 200km/h.