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Lakeside concert going ahead at Village Green despite forecast rain

Wed, 08/03/2017 - 07:00
Despite forecasts threatening thunderstorms and rain there is good news on the horizon for Saturday's 21st Lakeside concert, says concert chairman Ian Edward.Having checked YR, a global weather monitoring website, Mr Edward said...

Heavy rain 'only the start' of a wet and wild week of weather for upper North Island

Tue, 07/03/2017 - 19:40
Downpours drenching the upper North Island this afternoon are just the beginning of a wet and wild week, MetService warns.With weather watches and warnings in place for much of the North Island, people should brace themselves for...

Tropical drenching likely for Bay this week with 'weather bomb' due

Tue, 07/03/2017 - 18:04
The vibrant red skies seen across the Bay yesterday morning were a fitting warning for the weather bomb hitting over the next week.Weather experts have warned of up to 150mm drenching the region over the next five days.MetService...

Pink skies light up Auckland before deluge and thunderstorms

Tue, 07/03/2017 - 11:11
Aucklanders woke to a spectacular pink sunrise this morning, described as a "foreboding beauty" by MetService forecaster April Clark ahead of a subtropical drenching and thunderstorms later in the day.The MetService has issued a...

Drenching rain likely from north downwards

Tue, 07/03/2017 - 06:00
Parts of the North Island are being warned to brace for a sub-tropical drenching with heavy downpours so intense the crippling drought may finally be broken.Heavy rain is expected to hit the country today and last for up to a week....

Decent rain on the way today for dry Northland

Mon, 06/03/2017 - 18:09
A_JS090614NADFLOOD027.JPG: Northland may finally get some heavy rain today.After a summer of dry weather, record high temperatures and drought Northland may finally get some decent rain today, but it could be heavy.The MetService...

Tropical torrential rain to hit North Island while the southern regions shiver

Mon, 06/03/2017 - 10:19
Parts of the North Island are being warned to brace for a sub-tropical drenching with heavy downpours so intense the crippling drought may be finally be broken.Heavy rain is expected to hit the country tomorrow and last for up to...

Wave clouds spotted 'breaking' again, this time over Christchurch Airport

Sat, 04/03/2017 - 16:46
Waves looked like they were breaking in the sky above Christchurch Airport last night in the second "wave cloud" formation spotted in as many weeks around the country.The relatively uncommon phenomenon is officially called Kelvin-Helmholtz...

'Welcome to the first signs of autumn': Temperatures plummet in lower South Island as summer fades

Fri, 03/03/2017 - 17:07
Summer showed up late, and now it's taking off early for some in the deep south.WeatherWatch head analyst Philip Duncan delivered the bad news this afternoon.But some are likely already aware of the cold change."A cold change...

Summer is not ready to go just yet: a fine weekend is on the way

Fri, 03/03/2017 - 07:56
Autumn has officially begun, but summery weather is set to continue this weekend with mainly warm and sunny days across the country.Today sunny spells will break through morning cloud delivering a beautiful day to most parts of...

Three skiers killed in avalanche in Italian Alps

Fri, 03/03/2017 - 07:15
Italian alpine rescuers say three skiers have been killed in an avalanche in the northern Italian Alps that injured another five people.Milan Walter of the national alpine rescue corps says the group was back-country skiing on virgin...

Climate change could reverse sharp drop in the number of fatal large-scale disasters in New Zealand - study

Wed, 01/03/2017 - 23:04
Climate change could challenge the downward trend of large-scale fatal disasters in New Zealand. A University of Otago study in Wellington analysed sudden events in New Zealand between 1900 and 2015 that caused at least 10 deaths.Its...

Bummer summer expected to end with a roar as thunderstorms sweep in

Tue, 28/02/2017 - 11:15
Summer is expected to end with a roar as thunderstorms roll across the upper North Island today.MetService has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for areas including Auckland, Waikato, Bay of Plenty, and Taranaki.But Weather Watch...

'Bummer summer' goes out with a whimper

Tue, 28/02/2017 - 06:00
Today marks the last day of summer, but some parts of the country could be forgiven for thinking it never arrived at all. Wellington was given the worst serving, getting rattled by the strongest winds in 14 years and almost breaking...

Fire bans and drought fears ease in Hawke's Bay

Mon, 27/02/2017 - 20:01
Just weeks after drought conditions loomed over the region it appears the weather has given Hawke's Bay a chance to turn this year's parched summer around. Central Hawkes Bay District Council Rural Fire Authority lifted its total...

Summery weather to continue as autumn sets in

Mon, 27/02/2017 - 14:21
Autumn officially begins on Wednesday, but that doesn't mean the summer weather will be stopping.The first day of March kicks off with a large high, centred both to the east and west of the country, putting it firmly in control...

Cloudy start to the week for Hawke's Bay

Sun, 26/02/2017 - 18:37
The weekend brought with it the highs and lows of summer weather, with Saturday providing warm temperatures and sunny skies, while yesterday was much cooler.MetService meteorologist April Clark said an "improving trend" would start...

Firefighters could be at Port Hills for four weeks

Fri, 24/02/2017 - 13:30
Firefighting operations could continue at Port Hills for up to a month as thermal imaging is still identifying new hotspots that could flare up within the fire zone.A Christchurch Civil Defence update said the area was still an...

Storm Doris batters Britain: Woman killed as gusts hit 170km/h

Fri, 24/02/2017 - 08:01
Storm Doris has claimed its first victim after a woman died in Wolverhampton when she was hit by a piece of roof the "size of a coffee table".She was confirmed dead at the scene outside a branch of Starbucks after suffering from...

Satellite pictures show Christchurch Port Hills fire devastation

Thu, 23/02/2017 - 11:27
New satellite imagery reveals the extent of the devastation caused by the fires that raged across 2000ha of Christchurch's Port Hills last week.The fire began as two blazes on the afternoon of February 13: the first one in Lansdowne...

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