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More rain is coming for northern and western parts of the North Island today and more will spread nationwide overnight and into Friday morning - including dry parts of North Canterbury on Friday.
Three areas of low pressure are merging over New Zealand over the next 48 hours bringing more wet weather and some windy weather too.
There aren't many parts of the country that often receive set in rain for over 24 hours. Fiordland and the West Coast are no strangers to days of relentless rain (they also get days of pure sun). Further north, however, rain tends to move through much faster - and sunnier days are more limited.
The big difference is that the West Coast has the Southern Alps to block the rain clouds.
Rain for the upper North Island today, heavy especially this evening as a front and low combination move in from the Tasman Sea. The South Island sees an easing northeasterly airflow. Friday is unsettled for much of New Zealand due to a low pressure system covering much of the country, but conditions ease later on Saturday.
A depression moves towards the North Island tomorrow moving in from the Tasman Sea, this is set to bring more rain with heavy falls at times especially in the evening for the upper North Island. The South sees morning showers or cloud clear for most then sunny areas break through in the afternoon.
A burst of heavy rain will today and overnight set in across many parts of the North Island and some South Island regions too.
A very large and complicated area of low pressure is drifting over the country - in a nutshell, rain is coming for the next few days then showers start to clear and break up as we go through the weekend.
Both western and northern New Zealand is in for a fair bit of rain over the next few days, especially the North Island.
Over the next couple of days an area of instability from Australia moves into the Tasman Sea, deepens, joins a bigger low further south, then spreads over New Zealand as widespread rain.
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The land of the long white cloud is today long and white from above and grey and dull from below, for most places anyway.
As cloud smothers New Zealand and a band of rain slowly spreads into the western coastline of both islands some of you have been out with the cameras, showing how even a cloudy, gloomy, day can actually be quite striking to look at.