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Waitangi Day weather: perfect for some, messy elsewhere

Mon, 06/02/2017 - 12:10
It's a perfect summer's day in Waitangi and Auckland, but messy weather with gales and rain are expected in some parts of the country.Auckland is expected to hit a high of 27C, with lots of sunshine, light winds and sea breezes.MetService...

Warm, fine day for Waitangi Day festivities

Mon, 06/02/2017 - 07:00
People in other parts of the country have been asking "where's summer gone"?It seems it packed its bags and headed to Hawke's Bay where hot, dry conditions continue, unrelieved by a smattering of rain last week.MetService recorded...

Warm and sunny outlook for Waitangi Day

Mon, 06/02/2017 - 06:00
Waitangi Day will be another cracker for most of New Zealand, but Wellington again misses out on any golden weather. Following a mainly warm and sunny weekend, most Kiwis can expect to enjoy another day of beach weather today.MetService...

Waitangi weekend weather: Expect a scorcher as temperatures soar into 30s

Sun, 05/02/2017 - 06:00
The sun has come out to play and it's here to stay, with a scorcher of a long weekend set to continue across New Zealand.Temperatures soared into the 30s in some places yesterday, and Kiwis were quick to soak up the long-awaited...

Warm and sunny across most of the country for Waitangi weekend

Sat, 04/02/2017 - 06:00
Summer is serving up the best weather of the season for Waitangi weekend.Most of the country will get hot, dry, settled weather with only patches of the South Island seeing rain.The North Island will have blistering hot weather,...

Qld, NSW outback towns to reach high 40s as heatwave sweeps across eastern Australia

Fri, 03/02/2017 - 17:23
Temperatures in parts of New South Wales Queensland are tipped to climb as high as 48C in the next week as Australia's long, hot summer gets longer and hotter.An extreme heatwave will sweep across the country's east this weekend,...

Yes, January's weather actually was that bad

Fri, 03/02/2017 - 16:52
If you thought summer was missing in action last month, official figures released today prove it.Nationally, the average temperature last month was 16.4C - that's 0.7C below the 1981-2010 average, and the coldest January since 2014.And...

Weather: What's in store for the next three months?

Fri, 03/02/2017 - 11:24
After a wet and windy early summer that's been a letdown for sun-seekers in many parts of the country, climate scientists say typical conditions can be expected over the next three months.The National Institute of Water and Atmosphere...

Search under way for man missing in swollen Hutt River

Fri, 03/02/2017 - 08:06
A young man is missing after he was last seen swimming in the swollen Hutt River last night. Police say he and another person went swimming in the water near Belmont School about 10.30pm yesterday. The weather was too bad to get...

Wellington roads under water, closures and warnings for motorists

Fri, 03/02/2017 - 07:17
Motorists are being warned of flooding over a 15km stretch of highway north of Wellington and a waterlogged Lower Hutt road closed to all traffic. The New Zealand Transport Agency says State Highway 1 between Waikanae and Otaki...

All you need to know ahead of the Waitangi Day long weekend

Fri, 03/02/2017 - 06:00
Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you. Happy birthday, dear New Zealand. Happy birthday to you.Now, how to mark 177 years since the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, which also, handily, falls on a Monday.Hello, long...

Rain warnings for the North Island

Thu, 02/02/2017 - 11:55
The central North Island is set for another pounding today from strong winds and rain. A heavy rain warning has been issued from Taranaki to Wellington and western regions are warned to expect flooding and slips.A watch has also...

Haast couple wake up to find cat sodden and house swimming in floodwaters

Wed, 01/02/2017 - 15:59
A Haast couple woke at 4am today to find their cat sodden - and their house swimming in 60cm-deep floodwaters - after widespread flooding hit the Okuru area overnight, also forcing the evacuation of the local motorcamp, where floodwaters...

Rescue teams continue to search for missing German walker on Mt Taranaki

Wed, 01/02/2017 - 10:13
Search and rescue teams are preparing to continue the search for a German woman on Mt Taranaki.A police spokeswoman said LandSar and police were meeting to discuss a plan to find the 19-year-old, who has been missing since Monday.Weather...

Northlanders bask in weather more like summer than the rest of the country

Wed, 01/02/2017 - 09:19
While the rest of New Zealand bemoans the lack of summer, Northland will keep getting great summer weather for the next couple of weeks at least, with highs of up to 30C predicted for Waitangi Weekend and into next week.Northland...

Weather gods shine on Waitangi weekend

Wed, 01/02/2017 - 09:16
Most of the country can expect another warm, dry holiday weekend with temperatures expected to again reach more than 30C in some places.The main centres - including Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga and Christchurch - can all expect...

Heavy rain and severe gales in store for South Island as weather turns sour

Tue, 31/01/2017 - 08:05
Heavy rain and severe gales will lash parts of the South Island today as a front moves across the island today.The MetService has issued a severe weather warning for the South Island, forecasting heavy rain for the west and severe...

Severe weather warning for South Island as heavy rain, strong winds bear down on country

Mon, 30/01/2017 - 17:13
A severe weather warning has been issued for the South Island as heavy rain and strong winds bear down on the country. MetService has forecast northwest gales up to 130km/h across Fiordland and Southland from late tonight, expected...

Scientists hopeful about albatross numbers

Mon, 30/01/2017 - 11:07
Scientists just back from an annual white-capped albatross census in the remote and windswept subantarctic islands are hopeful for the welfare of the iconic endemic seabirds.A joint expedition between the Ministry for Primary Industries,...

Weather comes to the party for anniversary weekend holidaymakers

Sat, 28/01/2017 - 06:00
At last. Weather forecasters have some good news - a scorcher of a long weekend.But the fine weather - and the long weekend for Auckland and Northland - meant traffic was exceptionally heavy for much of yesterday, with congestion...


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