For those in drought we take a closer look at rainmakers in the NZ area with a special outlook to March 9th when we have our next best chance of rain. Nothing is locked in yet, so instead what we're looking for is where and when we have our best chances for rain - rather than a focus on how dry it is.
We are now seeing some breaks with the huge highs that have lead to drought in parts of New Zealand. As we head through March we start to see some 'gaps' between the highs - or put another way, areas of possible rain and showers between the long stretches of dry.
Melbourne is likely to have just experienced its coolest summer in at least 15 years. While Australia as a whole had one of its three hottest summers on record based on maximum temperatures, some southern parts of the country had a mild summer by modern standards.
A front moves off the upper South Island then onto the lower North Island this morning, it will weaken quickly as it does then a ridge of high pressure pushes in from the Tasman Sea. Northland, Auckland, Waikato & Bay Of Plenty
An absolutely enormous area of high pressure is stuck out to NZ's east and will help encourage more humidity into parts of the country, as will a sub-tropical northerly flow developing this weekend and into next week.
An anticyclone lies over New Zealand today bringing mainly settled weather. Northland, Auckland, Waikato & Bay Of Plenty Mostly sunny, there may be a touch of high cloud. Light winds then afternoon sea breezes. Highs: 23-29 Western North Island (including Central North Island)
The nights are getting longer, the mornings cooler - but the afternoons are still hot, in fact hotter than average in the days ahead as high pressure smothers NZ. Many places will have highs in the mid to late 20s, some will reach 30 degrees. After some cooler nights we also see temperatures creeping up overnight over the next few days.
High pressure expands across New Zealand today but sub-tropical airflows are increasing in the north east of the country. Check hourly forecasts and data for more details at your specific location - here are the regional forecasts for today: