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Warmer than average for eastern New Zealand ...but heavy snow in the mountains (+3 Maps)

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Where are the highs at the moment? They are north of New Zealand. The bulk of the lows are south of us. The combination of highs to our north and lows to our south encourages plenty of westerly quarter winds over New Zealand and, generally speaking, these are warmer than average.


Amongst the milder weather, is a polar snap coming one week from now? (+3 Maps)

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Technically we're in the depths of winter but milder air is upon us coming from Australia with Central Otago having more nights above 0 degrees than below it in the week ahead and in the east of the North Island well above frost free with near double digit overnight lows and highs in the mid to late teens.


InfoGraphic: The Big Picture for Friday / Saturday

A westerly airflow lies over New Zealand on Friday with wet weather in the west, dry / sunnier weather out east. Westerlies continue on Saturday then a front with an associated southwest change pushes into the lower South Island in the evening.


Friday's national forecast

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A westerly airflow lies over New Zealand today with wet weather in the west, dry sunnier weather out east.

Northland, Auckland, Waikato & Bay Of Plenty
Some cloud with a few showers, mainly from afternoon. Westerly winds.
Highs: 14-16


At the coldest point of the year & NZ is shifting into a milder spring-like air flow (+Maps)

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What happens when you reach the coldest point of the year but have a mild air flow moving in? You challenge the entire season's records and you run the chance of an early start to spring, especially if it lingers long enough.


InfoGraphic: The Big Picture for Friday

A westerly airflow lies over New Zealand on Friday with wet weather in the west, dry / sunnier weather out east.

A shower or two for the western North Island on Friday, more so from afternoon. Sunny conditions in the east.


Wet weather each day for western NZ over the next several days (+5 Rain/Snow Maps)

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If you're tired of the wet weather in western New Zealand we don't blame you - and more is on the way. The new westerly quarter set up that is moving in will encourage rain or showers almost every single day for the next week ahead. Monday looks to be the driest for many. 


Weather Video: Milder westerlies moving in for coldest part of year

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The next couple of weeks are mainly dominated by westerly quarter winds and while there will be some northerlies and southerlies in the mix, the general trend of weather is coming in from the Tasman.


InfoGraphic: The Big Picture for Thursday / Friday

A westerly quarter airflow lies over New Zealand today, a front passes off to the east of the South Island during the morning and another moves northwards over the North Island during the day. A westerly airflow lies over New Zealand on Friday with wet weather in the west, dry sunnier weather out east.


Thursday's national forecast

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A westerly quarter airflow lies over New Zealand today, a front passes off to the east of the South Island during the morning and another moves northwards over the North Island during the day.

Northland, Auckland, Waikato & Bay Of Plenty