Cloud building over the South Island ahead of a cold front is causing rain to increase in the deep south and spread north. The rain is heaviest in the west. Skies are mostly clear elsewhere under 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:
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