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Forecaster says an "atmospheric traffic jam" is helping drive wild weather in Canterbury.
A severe thunderstorm warning has now been issued for Gisborne and Wairoa.
While Auckland reaches a record dry spell, a cyclone is approaching the South Island.
Temperatures set to soar on Wednesday.
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"There is a lot of heavy rain around."
Good news is the weather is meant to be clearing with a high of 21 degrees
A chilling southerly breeze is making its way up the country.
We'll be spared worst of the extreme winds causing havoc in Australia, but it'll be wet.
Warnings of a chilly night quickly changed to reports of 100km/h winds in Auckland.
Chance of a tropical cyclone sweeping through Tonga and Fiji on Easter Monday.
The weather forecast this weekend sees a very large high-pressure system rolling in across the entire country… However by Sunday, windier weather will be moving in for some along with rain on the West Coast and a cool change for most places by Monday.
With just 11 days until Christmas and the new year holiday season kiwis across the country are starting to wonder what on earth the weather’s going to do. Joining Tristram Clayton is Phil Duncan from WeatherWatch to find out if it will be suncream and hats or soggy tents and raincoats this Christmas.
A surge of wind, rain then showers and sun are on the way for the country this weekend and into next week. It's an unsettled forecast across New Zealand for at least the next five days. Driest/warmest in the north east of NZ, wettest on the West Coast and windiest in the east and central areas.