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

No end in sight for warmer than normal weather

Sub-tropical and nor'west airflows are keeping most of New Zealand warmer than average. Not just for the last half of November. Not just for the... Read More

Southern Ocean storm to skirt Tauranga

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

NEMA replaces Civil Defence emergency management

The new National Emergency Management Agency has become operational from today. All of the existing functions and staff of the Ministry of Civil Defence... Read More

More heatwaves on the way for summer

It kicks off with a windy start, as December is forecast to be blustery, particularly for the Western parts of the South Island which could get stormy. Niwa... Read More

What‘s on - music, markets and giant rock hunt

Kia ora and welcome to Sunday. Me whai wa ki te noho tahi me to whanau me o hoa. Today we are expecting some cloudy periods with occasional showers... Read More

What‘s on - parades, art and horse riding

Kia ora and welcome to Saturday. I tenei ra ka awatea, ka wera. Expect a fine day apart from some morning cloud, and possible showers from late evening.... 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

Tauranga beats historic November heat records

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

What‘s on - parade, sailing, markets and cricket

Kia ora and welcome to Sunday. Kia koa tenei ra. The weather looks mint for parades, triathlons, markets, the popular mud dog run, sailing and the beach.... Read More

What‘s on - cricket, beach, art and markets

Kia ora and welcome to Saturday. I tenei ra ka awatea, ka wera. Expect a fine day with some evening cloud, light winds and afternoon sea breezes.  It’s... Read More