Cloud spreading over the upper South Island near a low pressure trough is generating areas of rain, heaviest over the west. Cloud over the North Island near another weak trough is causing showers. Skies are clearer elsewhere near a ridge of high pressure.
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:
20:55 EDT A blistering heatwave is scorching western Queensland with temperatures above 40 degrees Celsius and will spread to the south-east later this week.