Thousands of people are being evacuated from the area around an active volcano in the Philippines after the country's seismology agency issued an alert saying a hazardous eruption could happen "within weeks."
As a storm system brews in the Tasman sea, eastern parts of the country have been enjoying some relative calm in the last couple of days.
That's all about to change, however, with the prevailing westerly airflow pulling a developing storm ever closer as the election day looms this weekend.
Northerly quarter winds increase over the country today, showers or rain for western regions while high cloud develops out east.
A ridge lies over the country tonight bringing a brief period of calm. There will still be plenty of cloud about for some and the odd shower, mainly affecting western parts of the North Island.
The weather forecast from this Friday to next Monday is a messy one, including for our election day this Saturday.
The forecast for voting day isn't flash with a mix of wind, rain, showers and even snow for some in the deep south.
However there are still going to be plenty of opportunities to get out and vote on the day.
What would you do in a disaster?
That is the question being raised by Civil Defence as part of the annual nationwide Get Ready Week.
From the 21st until the 27th of September Get Ready Week aims to encourage New Zealanders to prepare themselves for a potential disaster.
Updated 7:14am -- The weather forecast for New Zealand's general election this Saturday is one of wind, rain and showers - not ideal conditions to motivate all people to get outdoors and vote - and now WeatherWatch.co.nz is adding some snow in the forecast too.
A ridge pushes onto the South Island today with showers gradually clearing away, mainly in the east. Westerly winds flow over the North Island with the odd shower about.
A west to southwest airflow lies over the country tonight, showers about mainly in the west. Showers south of Banks Peninsula clear this evening then overnight southerlies freshen about Otago bringing further showers in the east.
It was 10:23am at the Joint Australian Tsunami Warning Centre in Melbourne, and Lindsay Gilbert was speaking to colleagues in WA about a large tsunami heading for Australia, generated by a massive earthquake near Indonesia.