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Weather: Hot temperatures, but heavy rain for some

Sun, 24/09/2017 - 14:41
Temperatures are starting to heat up and will stay warm for many parts of the country over the next few days.But some areas are in for heavy rain and possibly worse - thunderstorms and hail - as severe weather warnings and watches...

Hang on to your brolly, the big wet is set to continue

Sun, 24/09/2017 - 06:00
Sick of the rain and feel 2017 has been more sodden than usual? You're not wrong.It's only September but more rain has fallen in three of the country's main centres than normally does in an entire year. MetService meteorologist...

Heat still coming, bringing heavy rain with it

Sat, 23/09/2017 - 14:10
Warmer temperatures are set to hit the country, but the weather is also going to get wetter. While election day has been fine for most, the next few days are expected to bring wet, windy weather along with high temperatures.The...

Beautiful weather for polling day, heavy rain warning tomorrow

Sat, 23/09/2017 - 11:18
The sun will be out for most of polling day.Auckland, Hamilton, Taupo and Wellington will be fine this morning, while Gisborne and Hawke's Bay will get their best weather late this afternoon.Niwa's Seth Carrier is picking rain...

Record rainfall: 2017 - 'The year it didn't stop raining'

Fri, 22/09/2017 - 12:37
In a year of extreme rainfall amounts, a MetService meteorologist is describing 2017 as "the year it didn't stop raining".Waikato and Bay of Plenty rainfall are already at record levels, and extreme rainfall levels are being recorded...

Weather: Mild, enjoyable and warm election day weekend

Fri, 22/09/2017 - 11:48
Temperatures are set to get unseasonably warm over the next few days as the country benefits from the remains of a heatwave due to hit Sydney tomorrow.Kiwis will enjoy a warm weekend with parts of the country likely to record temperatures...

New Zealand in for a warm Sunday and Monday as heatwave heads over from Australia

Thu, 21/09/2017 - 14:40
A heatwave is heading straight for New Zealand after bringing scorching temperatures to Australia.The heatwave on Saturday in Sydney will drift over the Tasman Sea to the South Island on Sunday, then the North Island on Monday.Temperatures...

Blue skies for dry trip to polling booth on Election Day

Thu, 21/09/2017 - 05:46
Most New Zealanders can expect a fine day as they cast their vote this Saturday.Niwa says a high pressure north of Cape Reinga means tranquil conditions and blue skies on across most of the country on election day.Already 674,162...

Wet weather could push butter prices even higher

Wed, 20/09/2017 - 17:33
Butter prices may push higher still if the weather does not start to improve, says ASB rural economist Nathan Penny.At today's GlobalDairyTrade auction, butter prices continued their record-breaking run while whole milk powder put...

Thunderstorms to rattle north, heavy rain in south

Tue, 19/09/2017 - 07:54
More thunderstorms are lining up to roll across the North Island today while southern regions cop more heavy rain. Intense thundery showers are set to track from Northland to northern Waikato early this morning while coastal Hawke's...

Thunderstorms roll across the North Island, snow, rain in south

Mon, 18/09/2017 - 05:24
Thunderstorms are expected to continue to hammer the North Island today while snow and rain lash the south.More than 200 Taranaki homes are without power after a spectacular stormy night knocked out electricity to hundreds across...

Could AI give us rapid-fire forecasts?

Mon, 18/09/2017 - 05:00
Could we forecast accurately enough to be warned of local severe weather within an hour?That's the goal of a new $500,000 study, drawing on artificial intelligence to predict where and when extreme convective weather events will...

Revealing the nature of NZ's 'extreme waves'

Mon, 18/09/2017 - 05:00
Big enough to threaten ships and coastal roads, what scientists call "extreme waves" will likely become more common in the waters off New Zealand as the effects of climate change further set in.In a new study , researchers at the...

Iconic Len Lye sculpture on New Plymouth waterfront damaged by lightning strike

Sun, 17/09/2017 - 20:42
A storm moving across the North Island has hit a unique piece of public art. The Len Lye-designed Wind Wand in New Plymouth was struck by lightning shortly after 6pm, knocking out the light at the wand's tip.The 48m-tall fibreglass...

Weather prevents search for missing West Coast fishermen this morning: police

Sun, 17/09/2017 - 09:56
The search for two men missing after their fishing boat got into trouble in the sea near Jackson Bay in South Westland will not resume this morning because of bad weather, police say."Any further searching today will be weather-dependent,"...

Prisoners who fled damaged British Virgin Island jail recaptured

Sun, 17/09/2017 - 09:28
More than 100 'high risk' detainees have been recaptured after escaping from a jail on the British Virgin Islands following Hurricane Irma.The convicts, including a rapist and robber, fled the Balsam Ghut prison after 185mph hurricane...

Weather gods deliver clear skies just in time for All Blacks test

Sat, 16/09/2017 - 07:26
A spell of fine weather is set to appear ahead of tonight's All Blacks test amid a wet weekend for most of the country.Significant showers were in store for most of the North Island this morning, especially for the western side...

Wellington flights cancelled, diverted due to strong winds

Fri, 15/09/2017 - 19:00
Strong winds are disrupting flights in Wellington.Three flights into the Capital have been diverted while at least 11 more have been cancelled.MetService meteorologist Sarah Haddon says strong winds from the north picked up late...

Destructive gales, snow and rain in store for much of the weekend as a 'barrage of fronts' cross the country

Fri, 15/09/2017 - 06:51
Abarrage of fronts will bring damaging gales and heavy rain across New Zealand over the next 48 hours.Wellington is now under a strong wind warning and much of the South Island's western coastline can expect heavy rain warning as...

North Island temperatures soar as mercury hits 19C by 9am

Thu, 14/09/2017 - 09:11
The mercury is beginning to climb in eastern parts of New Zealand as a warm air mass takes hold.Just after 9am the temperature had already hit 19C in Napier and Hastings and Gisborne enjoyed the same warmth within the hour.Hastings...

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