A wet start to the week did little to boost the Sydney's water storage levels, according to a report released by Water NSW on Thursday. Sydney Observatory Hill received 111.8mm of rain during the 72 hours to 9am on Thursday. This was the city's highest three-day total in 10 months and exceeded its entire September monthly average of 68mm.
The Spring Equinox is this Monday in New Zealand and it's the tipping point where we can officially say the days will now be longer than the nights. While the equinox occurs at a precise moment in time - 7:50pm this Monday for NZ - it's generally considered to be across the Monday/Tuesday period globally.
An anticyclone brings mainly settled weather to New Zealand today, a south to southeasterly airflow moving around this high brings some cloud and a few showers to the eastern North Island. Saturday sees settled anticyclonic conditions.
A powerful high is rolling in across NZ now and will linger until Monday - but then a cold front moves north and a low is likely to deepen over or near NZ bringing a burst of wind and rain, then colder sou'westers.