Weather Video: Your detailed Easter Weekend forecast

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A cold front is moving up the South Island bringing rain to the West Coast while a low in the Southern Ocean is helping fuel strong to gale force winds over some parts of the South Island.
By Wednesday and Thursday this front will be considerably weaker and pushing into the North Island, mostly the western side.
Good Friday sees most place

Cold front with heavy rain moving up NZ forecast to weaken over North Island (+4 Maps)

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A cold front is slowly grinding up the West Coast on Tuesday bringing heavy rain and blustery winds. A low pressure system in the Southern Ocean is generating the front while higher pressure in the north and east is slowing its movement northwards.

Tonight and into Wednesday this front moves into the the North Island and starts to decay.

Your official Easter Weekend forecast - and it's not looking too bad for most!

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UPDATED 9am Tuesday --- Easter Weekend is nearly here and many will have four or five days off work or school to enjoy it. Easter is well known for having rough weather, situated at that general halfway mark between the longest day of the year in late December and the shortest day in late June.

InfoGraphic: Tues & Wed - A cold front moves up NZ

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Gale force winds have affected some parts of the South Island overnight and today strong winds continue in some areas as the cold front slowly moves northwards thanks to a low in the Southern Ocean.

Tuesday's national forecast - Heavy rain and highs in the late 20s

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An active cold front moves up the West Coast of the South Island bringing heavy rain and possible thunderstorms, caused by a low nearby in the Southern Ocean. Nor'west winds associated with this front will push across the South Island and may reach gale force in some inland/exposed areas.

InfoGraphic - The big picture for Tuesday: Heat, heavy rain & strong winds

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A cold front will move up the South Island on Tuesday caused by a low pressure system in the Southern Ocean.

This front will deliver slow moving heavy rain to the West Coast across the day, easing at night.

Winds ahead of the front will be strong, possibly gale in exposed areas, from the north to north west around Cook Strait and the Southern Alps.

Weather Video: The forecast right up to Easter Sunday

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The tropics are very active right now but New Zealand is mostly protected by high pressure for the coming week meaning much of Easter Weekend is shaping up to be dry.

There may be one wet day this long weekend and that may only mostly affect the West Coast.

Heavy rain Tuesday for the West Coast, Moves into the North Island Wednesday

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A cold front will move up the West Coast on Tuesday bringing slow moving heavy rain then at night moves into the lower North Island and begins to weaken for a time.

The front will continue tracking up the North Island over Wednesday and into Thursday before fading out sliding offshore by Good Friday.

Monday's national forecast - fairly settled ahead of the next front

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An active cold front that brought localised downpours and thunder to some parts of the North Island at the weekend is today tracking eastwards slowly away from New Zealand out to sea.

Behind it is a brief pause in the weather before a cold front and new low move in to the South Island area on Tuesday.

Monday's weather pause before Tuesday's change (+3 maps)

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The working week before Easter Weekend sees a fairly settled Monday but a change arrives as soon as Tuesday, mostly for the South Island, thanks to a cold front and Southern Ocean low pressure system.

North Islanders will be mostly unaffected by this next cold front until Wednesday and Thursday when some rain slides up the western side of the island.