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Weather takes a wet turn for the weekend

Fri, 03/11/2017 - 06:45
It's rain, rain, and more rain for most spots around the country as we head into the weekend.A heavy rain warning was issued for Westland today and Metservice said a low pressure system was expected to bring heavy downpours to the...

Warmer, dry summer set to bake New Zealand

Thu, 02/11/2017 - 10:32
Niwa is predicting a hotter and drier summer than usual for New Zealand as a La Nina weather pattern kicks in.The National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (Niwa) seasonal climate outlook for November to January predicts...

Temperatures cool and rain heads in as weekend approaches

Thu, 02/11/2017 - 07:11
Today's the calm before the storm, or at least before the rain, for most regions around New Zealand.The forecast for centres around the North Island today is for overcast skies and a chance of showers. Auckland and Hamilton were...

Sunshine and thunderstorms as heatwave comes to an end

Wed, 01/11/2017 - 11:48
It's a day of two halves weather-wise with sunshine and scorching temperatures in some spots around the country while others are hit by thunderstorms. A heatwave caused by a high hanging around to the east of the country is expected...

Halloween turns on scorcher in South Island

Wed, 01/11/2017 - 06:00
Trick-or-treaters in the South Island sweltered in a heatwave yesterday as temperatures hit the mid 20s for Halloween.It was a scorcher for most of the south due to a mini heatwave that has set in over much of the island and is...

European extreme skiers snatch another first descent in Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park

Tue, 31/10/2017 - 18:36
The extreme skiers who knocked off Aoraki/Mt Cook's prized Caroline Face have claimed another first descent.The trio - two Britons and an Italian - yesterday skied a steep, technical route on the south face of 3199m-tall Mt Malte...

Temperatures start to peak as heatwave sets in

Tue, 31/10/2017 - 12:57
Tuesday is turning into a scorcher for South Islanders.Temperatures already hitting 23C in Blenheim and Christchurch as a mini heatwave sets in over much of the Island.Alexandra in Central Otago is forecast to hit 26C today and...

Invercargill heats up: Forecast 25C set to break records

Tue, 31/10/2017 - 06:57
Invercargill is set to swelter in 25C today, which would be its hottest October temperature on record. The mini heatwave settles over the lower South Island today, where Central Otago's Alexandra is forecast to hit 26C not only...

Woeful winter sees cold and flu remedy sales rise as much as 44 per cent

Mon, 30/10/2017 - 14:12
We shivered and sniffled our way through winter this year, with supermarket sales showing spikes in pain killers and heaters.A whopping 44 per cent more cold and flu remedies were sold this year than last, and heater sales increased...

Heatwave due for South Island, forecasters say

Mon, 30/10/2017 - 06:00
A lazy high resting to the east of New Zealand is set to bring a heatwave to the South Island - but the north won't miss out completely.A few showers are likely to start the week in the North Island before the warmth and sunshine...

Weekend weather a tale of two islands, with rain in North and heat in South

Sat, 28/10/2017 - 09:09
The lower part of the country is the place to be this weekend if you want to stay dry. A rain band sitting over the top of the North Island was set to make for a wet weekend in areas including Auckland, northern Waikato and Tauranga.Northland...

New Zealand's weekend weather: a soggy north, sunny in the south

Fri, 27/10/2017 - 14:51
It's looking like a tough weekend for getting the washing to dry in much of the country, except the south, where a good dose of sun is expected.A big high-pressure zone is drifting across the country, but in the north a soggy front...

Frightening prices on pumpkins this Halloween

Tue, 24/10/2017 - 16:57
It's a week out from Halloween but the price of pumpkins are enough to make you jump in fright: at some retailers, a pre-cut quarter of the orange vegetable costs nearly $6.Pumpkins are sold by weight, and prices were up due to...

Did a space storm contribute to Auckland's fuel crisis?

Tue, 24/10/2017 - 12:07
Scientists say the sun may be corroding New Zealand's pipelines, and might have played a role in Auckland's recent fuel crisis - but not in the way we might think.Geomagnetic storms are a temporary disturbance of the magnetosphere,...

Heavy rain, thunder set to hit Labour Day drivers

Mon, 23/10/2017 - 06:00
A severe weather watch has been issued as Labour Day shapes up to be soggy and thundery for much of the North Island.Auckland, Northland, the Coromandel and Waikato are all due for rain as a slow-moving front drifts south today,...

Kayakers rescued in 30-knot winds from Taputeranga Island, Wellington

Sun, 22/10/2017 - 19:32
Two kayakers were rescued this afternoon after getting caught up in bad weather in Wellington.Emergency services were called by nearby residents just after 12.30pm today.The due, in a tandem kayak, were fighting 30-knot offshore...

Wet Labour Day in store with rain on its way tomorrow

Sun, 22/10/2017 - 11:41
As the long weekend wears on, Kiwis aren't being given much of a reprieve from the decidedly average weather gracing most of the country.High cloud and rain - which will become heavy in some places tomorrow - have marred the weekend...

Natural disasters will cost insurers $136bn this year, says Swiss Re

Sat, 21/10/2017 - 15:46
Recent catastrophes such as hurricanes in the Caribbean and an earthquake in Mexico will cost the global insurance industry around US$95bn ($136bn), Swiss Re has said, although it admitted that the estimates "are subject to a higher...

Today's fine but long weekend weather only gets worse

Sat, 21/10/2017 - 08:58
Today looks to be the pick of the weather for gardening and holidaymaking this Labour Day weekend.But it's not much of a standout, with cloud in many places and showers in others. It's all pretty typical spring weather, with cool...

Sausages and Sauvignon Blanc: What we eat at Labour Weekend

Fri, 20/10/2017 - 14:57
Booze and barbecue food is top of Kiwis' shopping lists this Labour Weekend, as the country makes the most of the last three-day break before Christmas.Last year Countdown supermarkets sold more than 51,000 sausages over Labour...


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