NZ


Snow in the south, dry & sunny in the east, windy or wet elsewhere (+6 Maps)

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A cold front is moving up the South Island producing heavy rain and thunderstorms along the West Coast. This area of isolated thunderstorms will reach the western part of the North Island this evening and another cold front moves into the lower South Island on Monday bringing colder air.


Snow for the southern South Island, central North Island (+5 Maps)

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An area of low pressure will pass the country from Sunday accompanied by a burst of cold air, which could see temperatures dropping below -20 on the mountain tops and bringing near/below freezing wind chill to sea level parts of Southland and Otago by Monday.


Weather Video: Cold blasts coming this Sunday to Tuesday

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We have a couple of sunnier more settled days but on Sunday the weather goes downhill again as low pressure in the Southern Ocean combines with high pressure over Australia to produce a polar southerly.


Southerly blast kicks off this Sunday in New Zealand (+3 Maps)

It's a beautiful end to the week in many regions but the weekend is about to go downhill as a polar blast gets ready to pounce.


Snow coming to the mountains this weekend, so too is sunshine to break the gloom (+5 Maps)

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Gloomy weather affecting a number of regions is about to finally break as high pressure tries to push in and encourages a new westerly air flow. This air flow will make for drier and sunnier and weather in the east of both islands (potentially for the next two weeks). While not everyone will get the sun many areas that have been very gloomy lately should see an improvement.


Weather Video: High pressure trying to build but another windy, cold, blast coming

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Rain and gloomy conditions will finally clear the north of NZ today with high pressure building for Friday and Saturday in many areas.

But the centre of the high is way over in Australia so expect a few showers this weekend with rain on Sunday returning to the West Coast and snow developing in the mountains.


Winter Solstice is at 10:07pm, Thursday June 21st

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The shortest day of the 2018 year is today, Thursday June 21st - the day with the least amount of available sunlight. The precise moment is 10:07pm Thursday which basically means both Thursday and Friday will be equally as short.


Weather Video: Low pressure to drift away, high pressure to somewhat replace it

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Subtropical low is feeding some rain and patchy light showers in the upper North Island today and that will continue to some eastern parts of the North Island on Thursday while high pressure grows elsewhere making for drier, calmer, weather.

However this weekend the westerlies kick in and that has a double effect.


Departing low and incoming high = colder nights for some (+4 Maps)

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The weather pattern is a bit messy right now but high pressure is slowly building and expanding over the country and while the centre won't spread over New Zealand any day soon the calmer weather will.


Weather Video: Burst of wind & rain for the north, high pressure growing though

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Low pressure is stuck over northern New Zealand and over the next 24 hours high pressure will expand over the South Island.

Between the high and the low expecting strong, maybe even gale force, easterly quarter winds in the north along with some locally heavy rain.