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. 

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.