Massive smoke clouds smother Sydney, cover NZ too

Bush fires along eastern Australia flared-up on Thursday, with a huge pulse of smoke and dust crossing the Tasman Sea, covering parts of New Zealand... Read More

Wind and rain for some, fine and warm for others

MetService is forecasting more rain and gales for central and southern parts of New Zealand through to the end of the weekend, while eastern regions... Read More

Southern Ocean storm to skirt Rotorua

Tauranga and Rotorua are expected to see the least amount of rough weather as a Southern Ocean storm moves across New Zealand. Up to 250mm has fallen... Read More

Sub-tropical winds keep temperatures above normal

Thought last night was warm, or this morning? The sub-tropical flow that covers most of New Zealand is pushing temperatures well above normal nationwide... Read More

Thunderstorm watch issued for BOP

    Thunderstorms are expected to develop about many parts of the North Island today. The MetService has issued a severe thunderstorm watch... Read More

Rain expected to bring relief after early heatwave

The sunny, dry weather across the country is about to change in many areas, with even the possibility of thunderstorms in the central North Island. While... Read More

Cyclone Rita forms near Vanuatu

The first tropical cyclone of 2019-2020 season has formed just east of Vanuatu and will peak in strength over the next 24 hours before weakening. For... Read More

A summery week ahead

MetService has recorded hot temperatures around the country this weekend, with both Taupo and Tauranga beating their historic November maxima with 30.7C... Read More

Heatwave likely as big dry moves in

Heatwave criteria is being challenged through the South Island's interior as the North Island enters a significant dry spell. Daytime temperatures... Read More

Much warmer weather to end November

    Hotter weather is coming to the country as nor'westers and sub-tropical airflows move in. Daytime highs will climb over 10 degrees... Read More

Hail the size of golf balls pummels NZ

Windows have been smashed and roofs damaged after hail the size of golf balls pummelled New Zealand. WeatherWatch.co.nz says dramatic downpours are... Read More

High pressure system to bring dry weather

Things about to get even drier for many parts of New Zealand due to an uptick in high pressure. The entire North Island and a large portion of the... Read More

More rain and snow forecast this week

WeatherWatch.co.nz is forecasting some further rain and snow for New Zealand this week. "But there is also a large amount of dry weather, with... Read More

Chance of thunderstorms around the North Island

Storm and gale warnings have been issued for marine areas around the North Island this morning. MetService says winds could reach gale force on both... Read More

Dry weather fuelling bush fires, smoke to hit NZ

Another plume of smoke from the Aussie bush fires will track over NZ later today and tonight as the weather conditions in Australia get drier and hotter. WeatherWatch.co.nz... Read More