A low is centred out to the west of the North Island on Monday bringing in a humid northerly quarter airflow, this brings the risk of some unstable weather in the afternoon. Southerlies over the South Island strengthen over the lower North Island from afternoon.
Downpours are developing and spreading south today as a low in the Tasman Sea helps feed a humid sub-tropical airflow over parts of New Zealand. Sunday morning was always going to be full of large dry areas but as we head into Sunday PM that's when there's a higher risk for showers/downpours turning to areas of rain (ie, lasting more than 30 minutes).
The poll over the past week focused on the precise wind direction you may tend to favour over the others. This week we want to know which wind direction is your least favourite. New Zealand's mountains and ranges mean even the slightest shift in wind direction can have a significant change in the weather across our regions.
Upper North Island Mostly cloudy with areas of rain or drizzle, dry periods possible now and then. From evening there may be the odd isolated heavy fall, this is more likely just offshore but could come on land at times. Breezy east to northeasterly winds. Lower North Island
Tropical Cyclone Debbie is strengthening quickly on its journey to make landfall, likely between Lucinda and Proserpine on Monday or Tuesday. Today, winds are already picking up along the Queensland Coast, with a strong wind warning in place for the Townsville and Mackay Coasts.
Sydney is having its wettest March in 33 years after yet another showery night. It's been a miserable old month for locals and visitors that don't like rain. The city has already recorded rainfall on 20 out of 24 days so far this March, well above the month's average of 14 rain days.
Updated 1pm --- A few light showers are popping up around Auckland, Coromandel Peninsula and north Waikato as we head through Saturday afternoon while the main rain band out in the Tasman Sea is brushing Nelson where heavy falls are possible later today.
Adele fans could be rolling in the deep at Auckland's Mt Smart Stadium this weekend as widespread and persistent rain sets in. Wet weather started developing across the country this morning and is set to worsen later today due to...