Typical spring westerly winds are expected to continue in
coming weeks, with the odd spell of rain, MetService's
seasonal forecast says.
A cold front moving towards the country is bringing a risk of
thunderstorms for the upper North Island this afternoon.
A cold snap looks set to follow the warm weekend weather.
Rainy weather dampening the start of the school holidays
could be gone by the middle of the week for most areas, but
parts of the South Island are in line for a drenching.
Auckland homes left without power after a violent storm
overnight have been reconnected but forecasters have warned
more bad weather is on the way and due to hit the country on
Torrential rain is expected to douse the top half of the
country tonight and tomorrow as a spring front moves through.
Snow showers to sea level and gale-force southwest winds are
predicted in Dunedin and Clutha today.
The wild storm that has been pounding much of the country
over the past few days has now reached Auckland, the
The severe gale-force winds which ripped through Otago
yesterday, toppling vehicles and trees, disrupting power
supplies, dislodging roofing and interrupting air travel,
Fiordland is "lighting up like a Christmas tree" and rivers
are rising rapidly in Southland, while what is thought to
have been a tornado flipped a boat and smashed it in Central
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