Record September temperatures in Victoria, Australia
Mildura's 37.7°C yesterday ( Saturday ) was the highest temperature ever recorded in Victoria during September.
Severe gales, lightning, rain hit
High winds have toppled a truck and trailer and brought a tree down on a car in Canterbury, as stormy conditions hitting parts of the country bring severe gales, thousands of lightning strikes, heavy rain and high temperatures
25 September, 2017
What's happening in #Dunedin? Temperature linked to wind, and both all over the place! ^TA
A noisy night on the West Coast. Lightning risk reduces this afternoon - see http://bit.ly/TSOutlook. ^TA
It's only September but more rain has fallen in three of the country's main centres than normally does in an entire year.
MetService meteorologist Georgina Griffiths said given there was another week of wet weather on the way, even more places would exceed their annual norm by the beginning of October.
That's bad news for Kiwis who were hoping the start of daylight saving today would herald the arrival of an extra hour's sunshine for over the next few weeks.
While much of the country was expected to enjoy the remnants of a heatwave heading our way from across the Tasman over the next couple of days, the big wet is expected to return soon after.
After a relative lull in the wind on Monday morning, MetService is warning the worst of the wind is still to come.
Police said a tree had blown over and was blocking a lane of Manchester St, behind Wellington Zoo, on Monday morning.
The strongest wind recorded by MetService in Wellington overnight was a 108kmh gust in Kelburn at midnight, followed by a 99kmh gust at Mt Kaukau
Where is this warm, wet and windy weather coming from?
Warm air over Australia has picked up a lot of moisture as it crosses the Tasman Sea, and is bringing that humid air to New Zealand. That means heavy rain in the west, with rain warnings issued from Taranaki to the West Coast, and northwesterly gales for central parts. Seehttp://bit.ly/AllWarningsfor more info.
Humid northwesterlies also mean foehn heating in the east, caused by the air rising over the mountains (see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Zshykr5NFQ). Fairlie hit 23.5C at 5am, nearly 3 degrees warmer than Niue airport at the same time. Other places were more fickle, with the northwesterlies cutting in and out, leading to rising and falling temperatures. But the nor'wester is more likely to reach the ground during the day, and today's highs are expected to reach 25C in Napier and 24C in Christchurch. ^TA