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.

More snow and rain coming for NZ but the worst may be behind us now (+4 Maps)

Wednesday is the coldest day of the week for the North Island with the southerly flow firmly blowing across the day. It's a similar story in the South Island with hail showers and cold winds although conditions are easing back a little today in southern half of the island.

As we head into Thursday two things happen:

Update: Colder change moving into northern NZ with gales peaking tonight/overnight

UPDATED 9:06pm --- Colder air continues to move northwards this evening as the centre of the low causing the extra winds makes landfall in the western Waikato / South Auckland area. The public rain radar shows the centre moving in as of now/mid evening.

Tropical Cyclone Keni now Severe Category 3 storm, will merge with NZ low (+6 Maps)

Fiji is dealing with the wind and rain from Tropical Cyclone KENI this afternoon as it is upgraded this afternoon to a "severe" Category 3 tropical storm and is now as close to Fiji's main island as it will get.

Settled Sunday, but heavy rain for some on Monday (+Rainfall maps)

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It is a mostly sunny Easter Sunday across New Zealand with light winds under the influence of a high pressure. It is dry across the country after overnight showers.

On Monday the high pressure belt shifts eastward and southern parts of the country will be affected by a
trough coming from the west on Monday.

Your Easter Sunday weather forecast across NZ

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A few early light showers and morning clouds may greet some northern New Zealand regions as the front that brought rain to the West Coast yesterday completely disintegrates over the upper North Island.

InfoGraphic: The weather details for Thursday and Good Friday

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Thursday and Good Friday will see high pressure crossing the country bringing mostly calm conditions to both main islands.

However a cold front which earlier in the week brought heavy rain to the West Coast is trapped under this high and is falling apart, delivering a lot of cloud to the North Island and a few showers and isolated downpours.

Weather Video: Easter Weekend Weather looks mainly settled - but not completely

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The long range forecast for the long weekend is looking pretty good - but it’s not perfect for all.

Generally speaking high pressure dominates for the four/five day weekend, especially in the North Island.