Nearly 8000 lightning strikes have hit the upper North Island this morning as wild weather lashes the country.
It could be raincoats and sunglasses at the ready this week as the school holidays kick off with a temperamental forecast.
Heavy rain which has been lashing Wellington this morning is set to move north during today, bringing with it driving rain and wind.
Voters will need to wrap up warm and bring raincoats and brollies to get to the ballot box on Saturday as the weekend weather looks set to be cold and wet.
Fears about weather chaos over the North Island have eased this afternoon with the Metservice lifting a dozen severe weather warnings, leaving only the Bay of Plenty subject to a rain warning.
Heavy rain is expected to settle in over the top of the country today.
The top of the North Island continues to cop wet weather as a band of heavy showers and isolated thunderstorms moves south from Northland towards Auckland.
Persistent heavy rain yesterday and overnight has caused surface flooding in parts of Northland, and there's more rain to come.
Northland has been warned that more flooding and slips could occur with heavy rain and severe gales forecast over the weekend.
The warmer-than-average weather we've been enjoying this winter is set to roll on through the next three months.
A freezing blast will make its way up the country today bringing snow to low levels and more rain to the sodden top of the country, MetService warns.
A car was swept away and houses flooded as torrential rain battered Northland for a second straight week.
Some Far North residents could face up to six nights without power following a massive storm which caused widespread damage to the electricity network across the upper North Island this week.
Gale-force winds and gusts of 130km/h are already battering the northern North Island this morning, as forecasters warn the region to batten down the hatches.
Ski bunnies around the country welcomed yesterday's cold snap, and the snowfall that came with it.
Parts of Northland and Auckland have received a month's worth of rain since Sunday, and more is expected to fall tonight.
Heavy rain warnings are in place for Auckland and other parts of the country tonight, but flood-vulnerable Christchurch is expected to escape the worst of the weather.
Middlemarch had the dubious honour of recording New Zealand's lowest autumn temperature of -7.4degC on the second to last day of the season.