Cold & windy weather to ease as high pressure slowly builds (+4 Maps)

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We're transitioning away from the windy, wetter, west to south west winds and in to a more settled high pressure pattern - but it's not clear cut for all regions.

Weather Video: Your Weekend forecast and outlook for next week

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Windy westerly quarter winds are with New Zealand for the weekend but will be easing on Sunday after a bluster Saturday that may see gales in some places. Winds turn cooler sou’west this weekend as high pressure starts to push in on Sunday.

Weather Video: Long range forecast to Wednesday next week

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High pressure is trying to build over New Zealand but we’ve got to wait a few more days to allow the windy westerlies to blow by.

Tonight a burst of rain will move into the South Island from the south west bringing snow to the mountains (which may affect an alpine pass or two for a time).

Video: Windy weather next few days then a big high for New Zealand

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We still have a few more bursts of rain, showers and winds over the next few days but the pattern into next week is looking pretty positive thanks to a large high.

Big high pressure system coming for NZ next week (+2 Maps)

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A large high, or anti-cyclone, is very slowly drifting towards New Zealand and will finally bring a break to the windy conditions in the South Island and frequent wetter weather along the western side of the country. But between now and this high arriving the winds may pick up even further with various surges of wind coming in from the westerly quarter, mainly the west to south west.

Snow and cold briefly coming, followed by plenty of dry weather heading into next week (+4 Maps)

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Another cold snap is coming but compared to a weak ago this one is tame - it's also likely to be followed by a large belt of high pressure which may well bring a sunny, dry, week to many places next week.

Weather Video: Wettest in the west, driest in the east

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The next several days look unsettled, especially in the South Island with winds swinging from mild west to north west to cooler south west.

A colder change moves over the South Island later today and over Wednesday with the coldest air in the south western corner affecting Southland, Fiordland, Central Otago and the West Coast.

OPINION: MetService's warnings and watches now being diluted by NIWA

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After the violent wind storm last week Aucklanders have asked why they weren't properly warned of the event. MetService did have language about gales ahead of the storm but you can certainly argue their language was fairly stock standard, wording we'd all seen before many times with little to no damage or problems.

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Another April week and another Autumn cold blast (+7 MAPS)

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We have another unsettled week of weather with two cold changes set to bring more wind, rain, snow and hail to parts of New Zealand but sunny, dry, weather to plenty of regions too.

With the school holidays now underway many will be extra focused on the forecast.

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