Patchy cloud over the North Island and upper parts of the South Island with a low pressure trough is causing some light isolated showers. Skies are clearer for central and southern parts of the South Island under a high pressure system.
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:
13:28 EST Emergency crews are searching for two people whose car was washed away by flash flooding near Maitland in the Hunter Valley, as gale force winds and heavy rain continue to batter Sydney and surrounding areas.