Cloud crossing the South Island along a low pressure trough is causing areas of rain along the west and east coast, heaviest to the south of Canterbury. Patchy cloud over the North Island in a weak trough is only causing a few light showers, manly in the east.
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:
19:30 EST Authorities have sent emergency alerts to tens of thousands of people in NSW's Hunter region as forecasters warn wild weather will worsen after earlier claiming three lives.