Australia: Significant rain coming for drought stricken NSW farmers (+6 Maps)

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There is good news for the serious drought in New South Wales - good rain is coming. A midlatitude trough over the eastern interior of Australia will deepen and interact with a surface low pressure system extending from northern Queensland. It will bring fair amount of rain over interior southern Queensland and northern New South Wales on Friday and Saturday.

Downpours & thunder in the north, colder with snow in the south (+5 Maps)

More downpours, isolated thunderstorms and even hail are forecast for the upper North Island of New Zealand as a large scale low pressure system continues to very slowly cross over the country for Wednesday and Thursday.

Damaging winds possible along Australia's southern coastline, weakens but reaches NZ this Tues/Weds

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A considerably large low covers the Southern Ocean south of Australia and will bring strong winds across southern coastal Australia for the next few days ahead. The main front system moves through Sunday morning and Monday, then weakens somewhat as it crosses the Tasman Sea towards New Zealand on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Updated: 48 hour Rainfall Accumulation Map for New Zealand

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An almost stationary front, located on the fringe of a strong high pressure system to NZ's east, is staying along the eastern coastline of the country. It's bringing rainy weather over the eastern North Island, and possibly periods of heavy rain off and on there from Saturday to Monday. Dry and drizzly spells are in the mix too.

Rainfall precipitation Maps (x2) for Sunday/Monday

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A low in the Tasman Sea and a departing high will encourage a windy north to north east flow on Sunday and with it will be some pockets of heavy rain.

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Settled few days before a rough Sunday/Monday (+5 Infographics)

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A large high is in control of New Zealand's weather for the next few days bringing mainly settled, sunny, weather. Light winds means some heavier frosts tonight, especially through the South Island interior.

Updated Maps (x4) - Rain, snow and windy weather moving up NZ Sunday & Monday

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Rain continues in western regions bringing a period of heavy rainfall reaching 30mm per hour in some areas. Northerly winds and wind gusts will be enhanced and possibly exceed 120 km/h before the passage, mainly in the ranges and exposed parts of the east/central NZ. Elsewhere just a bit blustery, nothing to stress about.

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.