VIDEO: Warmer northerlies next few days, a low for NZ on Mothers Day

Warmer than average winds will be pushing across New Zealand for the next few days with some places over 8 degrees above normal for this time of the year.

Aussie's big cool high heading towards NZ next week...sort of (+7 Maps)

An enormous anticyclone (stretching over 4000km wide - the size of Australia) is moving over Australia in the coming days and it's bringing a big cool down for them and will then likely affect New Zealand.

First hints of winter snow now appearing in NZ and Australia forecasts (+2 Maps)

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From a mathematics point of view we are now over 4 months past the longest day of the year, 6 weeks past the equinox (when nights became longer than the days) and in just 6 weeks time it will be the shortest day of the year. In saying that we currently have mild northerlies across NZ creating for warmer than average afternoons.

VIDEO: Sub-tropical winds but also rain bands then snow

We are entering a fairly typical Autumn set up over the next week with a few cold fronts and a cold change later on Sunday and Monday bringing snow.

Over the next few days high pressure remains parked between the South Island and the Chatham Islands and this will increasingly bring a sub-tropical northerly flow to NZ.

Cloud maps (x3): Track the cloudy areas over the next few days

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After a sunny weekend in many places this week's more sub-tropical airflow is likely to encourage more cloud. The cloud will be at varying heights with high cloud over a large part of New Zealand today and tomorrow but also areas of low cloud and even fog.

Rainfall & Soil Moisture Update: Past 7 days + upcoming rainfall (+4 Maps)

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This week New Zealand is stuck between a large high to our east and a large low out near Australia. This low will likely cross the country this Sunday bringing sub-tropical rain which may be heavy enough to prompt rain warnings in both islands, but before then most places are dry.

NZ Weather Video: Mild week ahead, heavy weekend rain possible

We have a warmer than average week this week, at least judging by afternoon temperatures in both islands thanks to a sub-tropical northerly flow.

The week ahead is mostly dry, dominated by high pressure, but a large area of low pressure in the Tasman Sea will brush the West Coast with showers and perhaps some patchy rain.

Warmer than average days lie ahead, more fog may affect flights too (+3 Maps)

A week of warmer than normal weather for this time of year is spreading across New Zealand with saying highs in the low to mid 20s are possible in some locations.

Thick fog smothers Auckland and Waikato, flights affected

It's a foggy start this morning across the upper North Island with flights now being impacted. forecast the foggy conditions due to centre of high pressure crossing the country overnight and bringing light winds a slightly more humid airflow.

Fog may linger until mid to late morning in some places due to today's set up. Once fog clears it will be mostly sunny.

Mild week next week, double digit overnight lows in Queenstown for example... (+5 maps)

May is kicking off unusually this year. Many regions have a drier than normal week forecast for next week and now it appears warmer than average too with more high pressure than usual.