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South winds, strong currents keep people out of sea at Whanganui

Fri, 29/12/2017 - 11:30
Strong currents and southerly winds are keeping swimmers out of the surf, Whanganui Lifeguard Service spokesman Daniel Comp says.The swimming season started early this year, with a series of fine, hot days. It took a dive in the...

Torrential rain, thunderstorms forecast in lead-up to a fine New Years Eve

Fri, 29/12/2017 - 06:00
While most of the country looks set for a clear New Years Eve, some parts of New Zealand face torrential rain and strong winds before the sun arrives.The top of the North Island and those down south are due for some fine, sunny...

What does a 'marine heatwave' entail for sealife?

Thu, 28/12/2017 - 16:28
While it's made for ideal beach conditions, a "marine heatwave" that's engulfed the Tasman Sea may have been damaging for ocean species, scientists say.The latest heatwave kicked off in November and has persisted for most of this...

In-tents: East Coast holidaymakers warned to prepare for a stormy night

Thu, 28/12/2017 - 13:53
Campers across the East Coast are being warned to prepare for a wild night as howling gales, towering seas, and torrential rain lash the region later today.Tairawhiti Civil Defence says with so many holidaymakers taking a summer...

Wild and wintry blast to lash North Island in next 24 hours

Thu, 28/12/2017 - 08:34
A wintry blast will bring howling gales, towering seas, snow and torrential rain to the North Island today.Temperatures plunged overnight in many eastern towns and cities, and Hawke's Bay and Gisborne are in for a tumultuous day.Waiouru...

Almost a white Christmas: Snow to fall on popular North Island walking track as southern skifield in white out

Wed, 27/12/2017 - 12:50
Snow is set to fall on the middle of the North Island tomorrow when the Tongariro Crossing is expected to bear the brunt of the unseasonal white out.Snow is already falling on a Canterbury alpine ski field just a day after parts...

Record weather: Fewest tropical Xmas storms in 60 years

Wed, 27/12/2017 - 08:01
Just one tropical cyclone has struck the Southern Hemisphere so far this season - the fewest in nearly 60 years. On average the region has had five named storms by Christmas Day.But so far there has been just one - Dahlia - which...

2017 - the year where four seasons were in each season

Wed, 27/12/2017 - 06:00
The year's weather was crazy as snow fell in summer and winter was one of warmest ever. January's icy blast We were just a few weeks into the new year when the first major storm struck the country.A weather bomb wreaked havoc...

Weather: Rain to clear in most places, except these two holiday hotspots

Wed, 27/12/2017 - 01:27
Heavy rain meant for a very wet Boxing Day for the central part of the country, but the clouds are clearing in the lead up to the new year. A staggering 15.8mm of rain fell at Wellington airport in the span of an hour today - more...

Heavy downpours cause flooding chaos in Wellington

Tue, 26/12/2017 - 11:42
An aggressive front moving across the North Island today is keeping central region emergency services busy with flash flooding.Fire and Emergency New Zealand spokesman David Meikle said crews had had about a dozen calls for help...

Auckland's Boxing Day Races set to go ahead despite drizzly start

Tue, 26/12/2017 - 09:14
Betting punters and fashionistas alike are getting prepped to head to Auckland's Boxing Day Races, which are going ahead despite bouts of heavy rain this morning. The gates for Auckland Cup meeting have opened and horse races and...

Boxing Day brings deluge to North Island before fine end to year

Tue, 26/12/2017 - 06:00
North Islanders are being warned not to take the fine weather for granted with a spell of wet weather forecast for Boxing Day. Fine weather around much of the country saw hundreds of people hit the beaches to celebrate Chrtistmas...

Christmas brings gift of sunshine across most of New Zealand

Mon, 25/12/2017 - 07:15
Christmas Day has dawned fine in the north and promises sunshine to much of the country except the far south. Aucklanders are waking to still clear morning with the good weather not expected to pack up until later today.Many parts...

Your complete Christmas Day weather forecast

Sun, 24/12/2017 - 19:45
Mother Nature has a great Christmas gift for most holidaymakers in New Zealand tomorrow, with most regions likely to receive sunshine.Cantabrians have clearly been good this year, with temperatures forecast to reach near 30C in...

IN THE OLD DAYS: Celebrating Christmas in Whanganui 1907

Sun, 24/12/2017 - 17:00
By Murray Crawford THE flying machine is in its infancy, the super-liner Titanic is yet to progress from the drawing board and Gallipoli is an obscure location known only to geographers. Elvis Presley's grandfather is a teenager,...

Christmas Day not quite balmy but sweet-as for a barbie

Sun, 24/12/2017 - 06:00
Crank up the BBQs for Xmas Day - with mostly fine weather forecast for New Zealand tomorrow.Fine weather is expected for the North Island and the most of the South Island.The odd shower has been forecast - both today and tomorrow...

Weather: Cloudy Christmas Day, rainy Boxing Day for most of New Zealand

Sat, 23/12/2017 - 06:00
Santa is set to deliver fine weather for most of the country on Christmas Day - with dry skies predicted in the main centres on Monday.And cricket fans look likely for an early Xmas gift today, with a mainly fine forecast for the...

Missing woman rescued from Mt Ruapehu

Fri, 22/12/2017 - 20:31
A bloodied woman with head injuries was rescued from Mt Ruapehu in the early hours of Friday morning.Faced with darkness, chilly conditions and strong winds, rescuers considered her fortunate to have been found and taken to safety.The...

Christmas Day set to be a scorcher around the country

Fri, 22/12/2017 - 06:00
With three sleeps left until Christmas presents are unwrapped and crackers are pulled, it's looking like many Kiwis will be needing sunhats and shades to accessorise their holiday. Weatherwatch.co.nz is predicting a minimum 20C...

Ho ho ho, it's gonna be hot, hot, hot for Christmas Day weather

Thu, 21/12/2017 - 09:32
Just four days out until the big man in the red suit arrives and it's shaping up to be a scorcher for most areas around the country.Weatherwatch.co.nz is predicting a minimum 20 degrees for everywhere around the country, with the...

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