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Sub-zero temperatures as New Zealand shivers through chilly night

NZ Herald Weather - 13 hours 54 min ago
Much of the South Island and central North Island are cloaked in frost after temperatures plunged below zero overnight.The country shivered through a night that had a distinctly winter feel in many regions that experienced freezing...

Sunny days but frosty nights forecast for New Zealand as temperatures head for rock bottom

NZ Herald Weather - Mon, 21/08/2017 - 20:08
Get the blankets out - it is going to be a cold one tonight.Temperatures are set to hit rock bottom over the next few days; with the chilliest night expected tomorrow. The warmest place to be tonight is Wellington, which has an...

City's fear of menacing dust cloud hanging over residents' homes

NZ Herald Weather - Mon, 21/08/2017 - 10:07
Residents of a Brazilian city were puzzled by a menacing yet eerily beautifully dust cloud hanging over their homes.João Paulo Magalhães shared a video of the apocalyptic sight from a petrol station in Teixeira de Freitas, in the...

Gales lash central NZ and snow on mountain passes - but sunshine on way

NZ Herald Weather - Sun, 20/08/2017 - 10:44
The North Island is poised to enjoy one of its nicest weeks in ages but not before a stinging southerly blast lashes central regions and brings snow to alpine passes. A weather watch has been issued for the lower half of the North...

Mother and baby experiencing static shocks after lightning strike

NZ Herald Weather - Sat, 19/08/2017 - 16:13
A mother and her baby are still experiencing static shocks after a "frightening" lightning strike.Thunderstorms are rolling in to Auckland with lightning striking across the city and rain expected to get heavier.Lightning strikes...

Thunderstorms, hail and heavy rain to hit North Island

NZ Herald Weather - Sat, 19/08/2017 - 11:10
Parts of Northland are being hit by thunderstorms and hail of up to 2cm in diameter, with Auckland in line to get hit later today, MetService says."There are certainly some some decent thunderstorms and people have been seeing lightning...

Weird Science: Does weather affect voting?

NZ Herald Weather - Sat, 19/08/2017 - 05:00
Can weather affect the way people vote?A new US study suggests a connection between changes in temperature and that country's voting behaviour, finding warmer weather in states was related to increases in voter turn-out - and...

Fog shrouds Auckland, international flight turned away, seven flights cancelled

NZ Herald Weather - Fri, 18/08/2017 - 05:18
Flights have been diverted and cancelled as thick fog blankets many suburbs across Auckland this morning. Motorists are being warned to take care as the fog cloaks the city's motorways, drastically reducing visibility.Ferry services...

Zirka Circus leaves muddy mess at Lower Hutt's Avalon Park

NZ Herald Weather - Thu, 17/08/2017 - 14:54
Circuses and Wellington weather don't mix - if the sight of a Lower Hutt park this week is anything to go by.Those heading to Avalon Park may come across a scene of muddy carnage after the Zirka Circus cleared out last week.Damage...

130km/h gales batter the capital in day of wild weather

NZ Herald Weather - Thu, 17/08/2017 - 05:22
Gales with potentially destructive gusts are ramping up over the capital as heavy rain continues to drench the West Coast of the South Island.As rain heads up the South Island, the lower part of the North Island is being pounded...

Batten down the hatches: Stormy weather to hit North Island

NZ Herald Weather - Wed, 16/08/2017 - 13:24
By Katrina Bennett Wellingtonians are again being told to batten down the hatches as another bout of stormy weather is on the way.The MetService has issued a severe weather warning for the capital, forecasting severe gale northerlies...

Last day of settled weather before week of rain and wind set in

NZ Herald Weather - Wed, 16/08/2017 - 09:05
Hang out the washing and mow the lawns, today is set to be the last of the settled weather before a low whips over from across the Tasman, bringing heavy rain and wind.The MetService said it will also bring strong winds to windy...

Lightning strikes top 9500 across country, rain soaks South Island

NZ Herald Weather - Mon, 14/08/2017 - 05:57
Lightning strikes nearly hit the 10,000 mark overnight as thunderstorms swept across the country.Auckland alone had 300 - although half of those were recorded out in the Hauraki Gulf - MetService says.As well as 9500 lightning...

Thunder, lightning strike Auckland from the west

NZ Herald Weather - Sun, 13/08/2017 - 18:09
Over 100 lightning strikes have been recorded in Auckland as a front moves over the upper North Island from the west.Videos online show bolts of lightning hitting the SkyTower in Auckland's CBD, while thunder is shaking people's...

Heavy rain and gale force winds lash lower parts of the country

NZ Herald Weather - Sun, 13/08/2017 - 06:49
Parts of the South Island and the lower North Island are set to be battered by heavy rain today and light snow is possible at Porters Pass and on the Milford Rd.MetService says a trough is crossing the South Island bringing heavy...

Up to 17 vehicles stuck in snow Crown Range

NZ Herald Weather - Sat, 12/08/2017 - 22:24
Up to 17 vehicles are stuck in snow on the Crown Range in Otago tonight, police say.Heavy snow has resulted in in two campervans and a further 10 to 15 vehicles stick on the Crown Range - Cardrona Valley Rd.The council and roading...

Weather: Showers in Auckland, heavy rain warning for West Coast

NZ Herald Weather - Sat, 12/08/2017 - 07:16
A showery Saturday is on the cards for Auckland and most of the North Island, but it's the West Coast that will be worst hit by the wet weather.The MetService has issued a severe weather warning for Westland, with between 120mm...

Weekend weather forecast: a touch of spring

NZ Herald Weather - Sat, 12/08/2017 - 05:00
A touch of spring has arrived - most of the country is in for a warm, gusty and largely dry weekend.Metservice said a high of 18C for Auckland and lows of around 12C overnight should be expected - the warm air stemming from a westerly...

2017: NZ's coldest winter since 2009

NZ Herald Weather - Fri, 11/08/2017 - 13:00
It may have been warm overnight this week, but New Zealand is currently experiencing its coldest winter since 2009.MetService meteorologist Georgina Griffiths said not only has it been cold, the main centres have also experienced...

Balmy nights as country experiences 'warmer than usual' August

NZ Herald Weather - Fri, 11/08/2017 - 06:31
August is currently experiencing 'warmer than usual' temperatures and they're not expected to cool anytime in the near future, the MetService says.From Taupo to Gisborne to Te Kuiti to Palmerston North, they're just a few of the...

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