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Stormy night as intense rain, strong winds pummel north

Wed, 17/05/2017 - 06:25
A bleak day is in store as the country prepares for some of the coldest days this year.But despite wild weather, the north continues to swelter in balmy temperatures. As an icy polar blast edges closer to the far south, the top...

Winter-like temperatures in store as snow coats southern New Zealand

Tue, 16/05/2017 - 08:17
The first major cold snap of the year is set to blast the country with snow, rain and gales, plunging the country into the middle of winter.An Antarctic blast is just 48 hours away and snow is expected to fall on southern towns...

Napier street repairs almost done month after snap storm

Tue, 16/05/2017 - 07:00
Contractors in Napier are putting the finishing touches to a month's work clearing trees and reinstating pavements which were ripped apart in a snap storm on the night of April 15.Yesterday crews from Hastings firm Topline Contracting...

Weather forecast: Frosty mornings, icy nights and snow grip New Zealand

Mon, 15/05/2017 - 06:07
It's time to bust out the mittens with icy temperatures plunging into single digits, the possibility of snow, and wind-chill that could stress livestock on the cards this week.A frosty morning greeted some of the country with Christchurch,...

Freezing temperatures hit Aotearoa overnight

Sun, 14/05/2017 - 06:01
If you think it was freezing last night, you're probably right -but only if you live in certain parts of New Zealand.The mercury dropped below zero at a number of places including Christchurch which recorded the country's lowest...

Piako River at risk of overflowing after recent downpours

Sat, 13/05/2017 - 18:30
The Piako River is at risk of overflowing after the Hauraki Plains has in the last few days been saturated with the same amount of rainfall as recent cyclones. The Waikato Regional Council is keeping a close eye on the river's...

Weather: More rain, wind for east

Fri, 12/05/2017 - 18:26
If you're in eastern Bay of Plenty or Gisborne it's time to batten down the hatches - you're in for a stormy night.Rain was already falling there and the heaviest downpours were expected in the next half hour or so, MetService meteorologist...

Donna to sweep past New Zealand bringing rain and gales

Fri, 12/05/2017 - 05:51
Worse weather is in store as Cyclone Donna tracks along the North Island's coastline today bringing more rain and gales.The Bay of Plenty has been deluged by intense rain overnight and temperatures in the upper North Island are...

Cyclone Donna: Here we go again ...

Fri, 12/05/2017 - 05:00
Gisborne and the Bay of Plenty - swamped last month by Cyclone Debbie - were bracing again last night for torrential rain from the remnants of Cyclone Donna.Residents were expected to awake today to slips, flooded roads and raging...

Auckland traffic heavy after multiple breakdowns on Northern Motorway

Thu, 11/05/2017 - 17:48
Traffic is heavy across Auckland with breakdowns, poor weather and impatient driving all causing issues.A two-car crash at the Northcote Rd offramp was reported just past 5pm but as of 5.30pm police had not arrived at the scene.On...

Torrential rain for North Island, civil defence warning for Bay of Plenty

Thu, 11/05/2017 - 16:50
The Bay of Plenty Civil Defence has issued a heavy rain warning for the region as the remnants of Cyclone Donna bring torrential rain to much of the North Island.The ex-cyclone is expected to bring more than a month's worth of rain...

Days of rain as remnants of ex-tropical cyclone reach New Zealand

Thu, 11/05/2017 - 05:30
A new rain threat is looming for flood-ravaged Bay of Plenty where up to a month's worth of rain is forecast to fall in just under a day.Much of central and northern New Zealand is under heavy rain warnings and watches as the remnants...

Heavy rain forecast for Thursday and Friday as Donna combines with Tasman low

Wed, 10/05/2017 - 18:30
Cyclone Donna may now be just a Category 1 storm but she will still bring heavy rain to parts of New Zealand before the end of the week.Donna hit Vanuatu as a Category 5 cyclone, making her the worst tropical storm ever to hit the...

$7 for a head of lettuce as post-cyclone vege price hike continues

Wed, 10/05/2017 - 17:05
Shoppers are paying up to $7 for a head of lettuce as post-cyclone price hikes for fresh veges continue.Cauliflower were also pricey, selling for $7.99 at one New World and $6.49 at an Auckland Countdown - nearing the record high...

Remnants of Cyclone Donna to bring heavy 'soppy' rain

Wed, 10/05/2017 - 06:31
Cyclone Donna will lose a lot of her power as she travels down New Zealand's eastern coastline this week, but she will bring heavy rain.Donna will be sitting roughly 300km offshore and downgraded to a Category 2 cyclone by lunchtime...

Sales of summer staples including sun block and ice cream down thanks to bummer summer

Tue, 09/05/2017 - 12:22
Most Kiwis won't need much convincing but for anyone doubting whether last summer was a dud, supermarket sales figures prove it was.It seems fewer of us were sunning ourselves at the beach during summer break, with Countdown sales...

Cyclone Donna weakening, new cyclone on horizon of Fiji

Tue, 09/05/2017 - 05:30
Tropical Cyclone Donna has been downgraded to a Category 4 this morning, and New Caledonia's main centres look likely to avoid any major impact, the MetService says.Donna was classified as a Category 5 cyclone by the Fijian Meteorological...

Fijian Metservice upgrades Cyclone Donna to record-breaking Category 5

Mon, 08/05/2017 - 20:58
Fiji Meteorological Service - the agency responsible for Cyclone Donna - has confirmed the storm has spiked at Category 5.That makes Donna the worst-ever tropical storm to hit the South Pacific in the month of May.The record-breaking...

Tropical Cyclone Donna becomes Category 5 storm, worst May storm on record in South Pacific

Mon, 08/05/2017 - 09:45
Cyclone Donna is now the worst-ever tropical storm to hit the South Pacific in May after reaching Category 5 this morning. Weatherwatch.co.nz said according to CNN's Severe Weather Team Donna now had sustained winds of 215km/h...

Climate scientist: '25 per cent chance' of Tropical Cyclone Donna visiting NZ

Sun, 07/05/2017 - 13:22
A climate scientist has given a 25 per cent chance of Tropical Cyclone Donna - currently hammering northern Vanuatu with gusts of up to 240km/h - brushing Northland next week.But a MetService forecaster says the probability of the...

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