A northwesterly airflow strengthens over New Zealand today with a cold front moving onto the lower South Island this evening reaching Cook Strait overnight. This cold front continues northwards over the North Island on Tuesday weakening as it goes, a cold southwest airflow lies over the South Island.
A low pressure system moves over Central New Zealand later today, a front flings onto the western North Island later this afternoon or evening. The far south of the South Island has a mainly settled day. Northland, Auckland, Waikato & Bay Of Plenty
We have a little bit of an unsettled weekend although in saying that there will be large areas of dry and calm. But some wet weather will linger in various regions this weekend. By Monday most of NZ is mild with a west to north west flow - but also a weakening cold front which heads northwards on Tuesday and falls apart on Wednesday in the very north.
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We have warmer than average weather for most of NZ over the next couple of days ahead of the next cold front moving up the South Island on Friday and the North Island overnight and into Saturday. It's not a very cold set up though with temperatures mainly resetting back to normal after a warmer than average Thursday and Friday. The weekend
Talk about Spring chaos! On Monday single digit highs were felt across the South Island, today highs in the late teens maybe even 20 degrees are expected. It's all to do with airflows - on Monday a high around southern NZ was dredging up a very cold southerly out of the Southern Ocean. Many places had highs between 7 and 9 degrees on Monday.
Some regions have a rainfall deficit but the recent wet weather is turning the ground a little muddier. We have further rain forecast but overall the eastern side and very top of the nation are actually leaning slightly drier than normal for the next week ahead, giving some areas a chance to dry out just a little.