Patchy cloud in the west is due to the jetstream and is not bringing any rain. Low cloud in the east with onshore winds is triggering a few showers, mostly along the coast. Skies are clearer elsewhere under a high pressure ridge, leading to a cool morning.
In December 2014 we upgraded our lightning network to the latest in sensor technology as used by the world's leading meteorological agencies. This has resulted in changes and improvements to the lightning data you will now see. The main changes are:
11:09 EST A strong cold front sweeping over New Zealand is producing areas of heavy rain, gales and snow to sea level.