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Hot weather has seen unprecedented demand for Tip Top's frozen treats

Tue, 19/12/2017 - 20:24
Icecream lovers may find it harder to find their favourite Tip Top treat in the coming months thanks to unprecedented demand caused by the unseasonably warm weather.Tip Top was having to re-prioritise production so more popular...

Wild weather: More rain closing in before high takes over

Tue, 19/12/2017 - 08:25
A nasty front is quickly making its way up the country bringing heavy rain and possible thunderstorms along with gale force winds.But it's likely to peter out by the time it reaches Auckland tomorrow morning when it will only be...

Forecasters warn of more thunderstorms and wet weather

Mon, 18/12/2017 - 19:34
Northland residents are being warned of severe thunderstorms as the hot, sunny weather that's graced the country over past fortnight is replaced with a dousing of rain. The severe storms were expected to hit the Far North east of...

Search continues for missing diver at Flat Point beach in Wairarapa

Mon, 18/12/2017 - 14:49
Police are continuing to search for a missing diver off the coast of Wairarapa.The 31-year-old man has been missing from Flat Point since yesterday when he got into difficulty in the water. He had been diving with two others when...

Swimmers urged to get out of water as lightning lashes central North Island

Mon, 18/12/2017 - 14:40
Niwa is urging beachgoers to get out of the water as cloud-to-ground lightning strikes pepper the Waikato and Bay of Plenty.Nearly 80 strikes have been recorded in eastern Waikato and Bay of Plenty, however the thunderstorm was...

Rain and showers reprieve for dry areas as cold fronts hit country

Mon, 18/12/2017 - 08:45
Thunderstorms are today bringing much needed moisture to the gardens of many homes in the North Island.Some areas in the Bay of Plenty, Taupo and Hawke's Bay are subject to a severe thunderstorm risk, meaning downpours of between...

Thunderstorms and seesawing temperatures expected before Christmas

Sun, 17/12/2017 - 18:55
The hot weather seems endless, with Kiwis around the country flocking to the beach this weekend. Even karate classes were held at the water's edge as Santa and his students attempted to cool off.But there's no guarantee this hot...

Weather forecast: Rain at last for parched South Island, but dry until Christmas elsewhere

Sun, 17/12/2017 - 08:05
Parched areas of the South Island are finally in for heavy rain today as a cold front moves north over New Zealand.The MetService is forecasting heavy rain of 60-70mm in Fiordland between 6am and 4pm today and about 40mm in Dunedin...

Rain and shine for Christmas Day

Sun, 17/12/2017 - 06:00
The first tentative predictions for Christmas Day weather are out, and it looks like a mixed bag around the country. In the lead up to the big day, summer sunshine will beam down across most of New Zealand, particularly in the North...

Rain won't cool off steaming hot summer days

Sat, 16/12/2017 - 06:00
Horses and sunlovers took over Takapuna Beach yesterday as the golden summer continued.A large crowd gathered for the inaugural Beach Polo NZ Takapuna event which featured a case of international and local players going head to...

Police to focus on popular fishing spots to keep boaties safe this summer

Fri, 15/12/2017 - 14:39
Boaties will be seeing more than fish out on Auckland's waters this summer - police will be out patrolling the deep blue too.The Auckland police Maritime Unit will be out on the water every day this summer, checking boats and talking...

Hurricane Harvey a 'foretaste of the future'

Fri, 15/12/2017 - 06:00
Global warming's fingerprints were all over the record rainfall from Hurricane Harvey this year, confirming what scientists suspected, according to new research.While scientists say man-made climate change didn't trigger Harvey,...

Wetter weather forecast for north in second half of summer

Thu, 14/12/2017 - 17:17
It might feel like the current dry conditions will never end but the second half of summer could be wetter and windier than usual in the north thanks to warm seas and the La Niña weather system.The latest forecast from the US National...

Summer weather: Showers clear for fine weekend across country

Thu, 14/12/2017 - 07:29
It's looking like another hot and dry weekend across most of the country as a front that dumped some heavy rain weakens as it moves north.Timaru experienced surface flooding after 36.8mm of rain was recorded at the airport between...

Mother Nature sets Whanganui livestock market

Wed, 13/12/2017 - 19:48
Once again Mother Nature has crowned herself the ultimate kingmaker.Even though factors underpinning the New Zealand sheep market are looking reasonably rosy, the Big Dry is dominating to keep farmers on the back foot.International...

2017: Our extreme year of weather

Wed, 13/12/2017 - 14:29
This year is shaping up to be one of New Zealand's worst ever for extreme weather events, following a spate of major fires, floods and storms.Civil Defence officials declared a record number of weather-related state of emergencies...

Wicked weather: Long-awaited rainfall set to hit country

Wed, 13/12/2017 - 11:06
The rain has begun falling in drought-stricken areas today as a southerly moves its way up the country.Thunderstorms are also in store for the East Coast, Gisborne and Manawatu, while the MetService is expecting the relatively sunny...

Think NZ is having a hot summer? Every Australian capital over 30C this week

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 15:11
Temperatures across Australia will soar this week as heatwave conditions bite.Western Australia and South Australia have already been sweating it out, while heatwave conditions are set to hit large parts of New South Wales and south-western...

Today's weather: Showers forecast but unlikely to help dry conditions

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 07:15
Canterbury's record run of days without rain could come to an end today as showers are forecast for the next couple of days.However, they're not expected to douse the region and will only bring light relief.Areas around Wellington,...

NZ Herald editorial: Balmy weather could outlast reservoirs

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 06:00
How long can this golden weather last? That is a question New Zealanders do not normally ask until February, or March if we are lucky.This summer started in October. At Halloween the South Island was in a heatwave with Alexandra...

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