Weather Video: Big winter storm to affect parts of New Zealand next week

This weekend is fairly mild in many areas and despite some coastal rain and showers in northern and eastern parts of the North Island, to begin with, Sunday is mostly dry.

The South Island has a cold front arriving in Southland around noon or into the afternoon.

Weather Video: Milder than average until Sunday, but next week a significant polar blast

Average to warmer than average weather will continue in many regions over the next few days with some patchy rain and showers here and there but nothing too substantial.

A weak low forms on Friday night and Saturday around the upper North Island, then fades away by Sunday.

Significant Polar blast coming, Farmers in lower South Island prepare now

Filed in: is warning farmers in the lower South Island to be prepared for a late winter storm next week as a polar southerly direct from Antarctic roars up towards New Zealand.

"This looks to be one of the more significant southerlies of 2018, at least for the lower part of New Zealand" says head forecaster Philip Duncan.

Colder, windier, week next week for some farms and regions further south

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A cold, windy and possibly sometimes snowy southerly is on the way for some parts of the country next week after a warming up occurs this week. 

Typhoon Mangkhut now aiming for southern China, Hong Kong (+Maps)

Typhoon Mangkhut is located over the South China Sea, passing through the upper Philippine Island of Luzon yesterday.

Max winds speed is 195km/h with gusts to 240km/h by JMA. By Monday morning NZT maximum 1-min wind speeds are estimated to be 175km/h with gusts to 215km/h according to the JTWC. It is gradually forecast to weaken.

USA - Tropical Storm Florence: 5 deaths so far

+5 Maps --- Florence has been downgraded from a Hurricane to a Tropical Storm and has turned deadly, with reports from US news media saying the death-toll is now five.

Mangkhut blasting the Philippines from above, now affecting Taiwan too. Hong Kong, China next.

+6 Maps ---- Super Typhoon Mangkhut is currently located over Luzon island in the northern Philippines. Shortly before landfall Mangkhut's air pressure was an astonishingly low 905 hPa in minimum surface pressure. Winds were sustained at 200km/h with gusts to 270km/h (JTWC), remaining almost unchanged from two days ago.

Super Typhoon makes landfall in Philippines (+7 Maps)

Updated 6:38am Saturday NZT --- Super Typhoon Mangkhut has made landfall in the northern Philippines. The storm will track across the very northern portion of the island this morning with devastating wind and torrential flooding rains due to the immense size and power of this storm. The storm is so large it is being fed from air directly from the equator.

Hurricane Florence makes landfall near Wilmington, North Carolina

11:41pm Friday NZT --- Hurricane Florence has made landfall in Wrightsville Beach near the eastern United States city of Wilmington, North Carolina says the National Hurricane Center as of 11:40pm Friday NZT. Nearly half a million people are without power.

Hurricane Florence makes landfall in eastern USA; Super Typhoon makes landfall in northern Philippines

Extensive updates on both storms + Maps ---- Two major storms are simultaneously affecting the eastern United States and the northern Philippines main island of Luzon. 

This story has been updated to easier break down the two storms.