Typical windy spring weather only just settling in: Outlook until October

Windy weather across New Zealand is only just getting started according to forecasters, saying just because the classic spring westerlies arrived early this year doesn't mean they will end any sooner.

The long range forecast for the start of October shows the windy weather is with us for the next few weeks at least.

Sunday's national forecast - Classic spring cold front crossing NZ today

A classic spring set up today with a cold front moving into the country from the west with warm nor'westers ahead of the front and a colder southerly change coming in behind it tonight and overnight for many areas. Monday looks cooler in most regions, especially those in the north and east.

North Island's east up to 27 degs C, Queenstown just breaking 10 degs

It's hot in the east of New Zealand this afternoon - and in a few other pockets as the mercury soars into the mid to late 20s as we head through Friday PM.

The temperatures have already exceeded the forecast highs for today which were in the low to mid 20s.

Mid Morning: Wow, parts of New Zealand are in the low to mid 20s!

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Updated 10:37am --- It's mid-morning and already eastern parts of both islands are reaching the low to mid 20s thanks to a sub-tropical northerly flow streaming across New Zealand.

Around Christchurch the temperature has already passed the 20 degree mark in some suburbs.

Weather Video: Another spring blast coming for NZ

The weather is warming up over the next two days with temperatures both at night and day lifting up from where they were yesterday and today even.

It’s all thanks to a building north west airflow across Wednesday and Thursday.

Special double weather Video: NZ's spring blast - what is coming this week?

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In Monday’s special double video we track Hurricane Irma and the spring blast currently hitting New Zealand with hail, snow, thunder and blustery winds.

The week ahead is looking milder as winds shift westerly and then more nor’west later in the week. More rain and showers are coming though - and more winds.

Deep low to cross southern New Zealand on Saturday, colder Sunday for many

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The centre of a very deep low in the Southern Ocean will cross/brush southern New Zealand on Saturday with various computer models agreeing the air pressure will be in the 960 hPa range for a time (deeper air pressure means the low is spinning faster and becoming more powerful).

Double Forecast Video: Rough weather for NZ + Category 5 Hurricane Irma heading to Florida

We have a double record today, an in depth look at the typical spring blast of weather around New Zealand plus we extend on and cover historic Cat 5 Hurricane Irma as it churns in the Atlantic Ocean with 300km/h winds sustained and is aiming for Florida.
But first, New Zealand’s dealing with thunderstorms, isolated tornados and heavy downpours as big westerly blast

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Weather Video: Messy forecast for final days of winter, start of spring

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The next few days - in fact the forecast until Sunday - is a “messy” one across New Zealand as a large but fairly weak area of low pressure tries to move in.

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday see showers here and there - but large area of dry.