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Both islands will feel impact of low

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A large low predicted to arrive late this weekend is likely to bring severe weather to both islands according to

Latest computer models show the low spreading into New Zealand during Saturday with heavier rain arriving on Sunday in northern and western parts of both islands - especially the North Island.

Next system to affect both islands

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Low pressure that today has formed in the Tasman Sea is expected to grow into a large system by the weekend bringing torrential rain, gales and possibly heavy snow.

Heavy rain is likely across northern and western parts of both islands while strong to gale north easterlies spread over a number of regions. 

This mornings extremes

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Which centre is warmest, coldest, windiest and calmest as of mid-morning?

Dramatic change in weather ahead

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It's becoming clear to forecasters that the frosty, sunny, weather is shortly about to end and be replaced by a very large low pressure system that should see warmer, wetter and windier weather for the remainder of June.

Frosts: your days are numbered!

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For the short term future the widespread frosts are about to end thanks to a northerly change late in the week with potential flooding rains possibly on the way for the weekend.

"Worst in 20 years"; Icy weather grips NZ

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The severe frosts are starting to make headlines as "the worst in 20 years" from the upper South Island to Waikato and Auckland.   While it's unclear if factual at this early stage some residents in the upper North Island are reporting the frosts are the worst they've seen since the 1980s.

Big frosts for some; Auckland colder than most main centres

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Auckland city has again woken to a big frost, one of several over the past few weeks, along with many other regions right across the country.

As predicted by the Weather Watch Centre last week the southerly flow would continue over New Zealand until mid way through this week. 

So which places were the coldest around sunrise?

How cold will tonight be?

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We don't expect widespread frosts again tonight due to southerly breezes over the top half of the country.

Cloudy periods along the east coast will also keep frosts as bay.

East verses West

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Weather conditions are today quite different from one coast to another as a windy, showery, patch of weather moves up the east coast.

High pressure moving in

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A few showers may linger around the North Island's east coast from Wairarapa to Gisborne but should clear in other eastern areas as a ridge of high pressure moves in for the weekend bringing more clear skies.