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Severe weather watch for North Island as wet weekend continues

Sat, 29/04/2017 - 16:47
Heavy rain drenching the North Island is expected to ease only briefly this weekend with just enough time to catch some fresh air before the wet weather kicks in again.A severe weather warning has been issued for the Bay of Plenty...

Wild weather on its way

Sat, 29/04/2017 - 07:21
More rain and possibly thunderstorms are set to hit the North Island today, while the South Island gets its first real cold snap tomorrow.Metservice has issued thunderstorm watches for places north of Auckland for this evening and...

Outlook: settled rainfall after April deluge

Fri, 28/04/2017 - 15:59
After a rain-drenched April, what falls over the country between now and July is expected to be closer to normal.That's according to the latest climate outlook issued by the Niwa, showing that rainfall totals are most likely to...

Drivers warned to expect wild weather this weekend

Fri, 28/04/2017 - 10:25
Wet weather gear is the way to go this weekend, as rain clouds gather and temperatures drop. A trough over the Tasman Sea will move onto New Zealand over the coming days, and heavy rain is expected to hit first the South and then...

Watch NZH Local Focus: Government to pay pea weevil shortfall

Thu, 27/04/2017 - 19:11
The paddocks on Karen Williams' farm used to be full of peas - but not this season, and definitely not the next. It's just over a year since the pea weevil was discovered in a Masterton seed processing plant - after a consignment...

New Zealand in for cold shock as temperatures set to plunge

Thu, 27/04/2017 - 10:54
New Zealand is about to go from the sub-tropics to winter in the space of 48 hours as rain and icy winds usher in a brutal cold snap. A swathe of heavy rain and strong wind warnings and watches have been issued and the flood-ravaged...

One trapped after car rolls at Christchurch intersection

Thu, 27/04/2017 - 07:15
A car rolled, trapping a person inside, at a Christchurch intersection this morning.Police say the crash happened about 6.40am at the intersection of Colombo and Salisbury Streets.Fire crews had to cut free a person from the upturned...

Watch NZH Local Focus: Inspecting the damage as the water starts to recede - Hauraki flood

Wed, 26/04/2017 - 19:46
Springdale Dairy Farmer Robert Cookson inspects the flooding damage to his maize crops. "So basically she's just all turning to grain, there's no milk in that maize at all now," he says. If the paddocks don't dry soon he'll have...

Break out the woollies - chilly blast coming

Wed, 26/04/2017 - 10:13
Chilly weather is heralding winter's approach with frost and snow likely for the south of New Zealand next week. Meteorologists stopped short of describing it as an arctic blast but said the cooler air coming from the South Pole...

The wet weather returns

Wed, 26/04/2017 - 07:08
The sun is set to give way to heavy cloud and rain by the end of the week - making for a short-lived reprieve barely a fortnight on from Cyclone Cook. MetService meteorologist April Clarke said the weather would turn wet tomorrow...

Calm weather follows a month of cyclones

Tue, 25/04/2017 - 18:46
With two cyclones recently sweeping through the region, and winter drawing closer, Hawke's Bay residents are being advised to enjoy a period of settled weather while it lasts. While rain fell over much of the region yesterday afternoon,...

Fine day for most before fog sets in for Anzac Day

Mon, 24/04/2017 - 09:15
A foggy morning awaits those who will be waking up early for Anzac Day dawn services across the country tomorrow.MetService meteorologist April Clark said Wellington and Christchurch will have low-lying cloud early tomorrow, while...

Stunning aurora captured from Auckland

Sun, 23/04/2017 - 12:32
An Auckland self-described "aurora hunter" captured the shot of a lifetime when he captured the Southern Lights over the Manukau Heads.Gareth West was out with a flatmate photographing the sunset last night when he thought he might...

Big swells and fine weather forecast for Anzac Day

Sat, 22/04/2017 - 09:28
Fine weather with the odd shower is in store for the country this weekend with a sub-tropical low off the East Coast expected to bring a large swell early next week.MetService forecaster Cameron Coutts said the subtropical low was...

Another large storm bears down on New Zealand bringing giant waves

Fri, 21/04/2017 - 12:01
Another sub-tropical storm looms large off the eastern coast of the North Island.Niwa says the large storm is expected to develop and swirl to the northeast of New Zealand this weekend and into next week.Those on the East Coast...

More Omokoroa slips devastate victims

Thu, 20/04/2017 - 08:56
Five Omokoroa property owners who have had to evacuate due to major slips in the past two weeks have no idea when they will be able to return to their homes.Western Bay of Plenty District Council staff were monitoring slips in Omokoroa...

Next few days of school holidays should be sunny, says Metservice

Wed, 19/04/2017 - 14:40
Parents rejoice! Week one of school holidays, and the weather is set to be fine for the next few days, Metservice says."Essentially the weather over the next few days is going to be quite nice, it's going to be fairly benign," meteorologist...

April: NZ's wettest month ever?

Tue, 18/04/2017 - 12:33
If it feels like it's been the most rain-soaked April ever, the weather books have the proof.Even with two weeks left, April has already proven one of the wettest on record for many locations - and a rainfall record-breaker for...

Rain brings relief to Canterbury farmers

Tue, 18/04/2017 - 12:11
The hills and fields of the eastern South Island are green at last, signalling an end to the worst drought in the region's modern farming history.But while stock are happily grazing back in their paddocks, the effects of the drought...

Hail, thunder and lightning as spectacular electrical storm hits Gisborne

Mon, 17/04/2017 - 20:04
Bolts of lightning and walnut-sized hailstones have pelted Gisborne as an electrical storm moves up the east coast of the North Island.The Gisborne Herald posted footage of a lawn and vege garden being rapidly carpeted in hail,...


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