The last week of 2016 is coming to a close - a year that has been one out of the box weather wise, with temperature records broken, huge
Spring's weather pattern is fading but it's not gone with another big range of daily highs this week across New Zealand. Yet again a nor'wester with sub-tropical elements is drifting down over the North Island - meaning those in the east are in for a scorching hot week.
High pressure is dominating most of the country at the moment bringing a calm and fairly sunny weekend to parts of the country. As forecast there are cloudy areas too, with a few isolated downpours here and there - although more than 95% of New Zealand is dry.
The past week felt like summer in many regions - today is a reminder it is still technically spring as gale force westerlies push in to many regions.
In Auckland gusty nor'westers are reaching gale at times in more exposed areas, especially the harbours and western areas.
In Wellington winds are hovering around gale force and gusting closer to 100km/h.
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Today sees a southerly airflow cover most of New Zealand, although it's relatively weak. Some cloud and the odd shower in the east from Banks Peninsula northwards (more so near the coast), and heavy frosts morning and night inland for the South Island. A few showers on Tuesday about the east and north of the North Island.
Today sees the odd shower about for the South Island, especially midday onwards in the east with snow flurries to low levels for some. A low deepens over the North Island bringing a strengthening southeasterly airflow for the lower half of the island.
A low pressure system over the North Island and stretching down off the West Coast of the South Island brings an increasing southeasterly airflow over the country tomorrow.