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Another cold blast coming nationwide bringing snow, hail then a big high (+6 Maps)

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Another week and another cold burst of southerly air is coming although unlike last week the upcoming weekend will have high pressure.

Weather Video: Another cold nationwide southerly, followed by a weekend high

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Just like last week we have another cold blast spreading northwards and will affect both islands by tomorrow and Thursday.

Snow will fall to a couple hundred metres in the south although totals may not be much for some areas due to a fairly dry set up.

Photos & Video: Spectacular Mammatus clouds over Hamilton

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Sunday PM: Those in Hamilton and other parts of Waikato (and some other regions) have been treated to a rare display in the sky - striking 'Mammatus' cloud formations following heavy rain.

Over 20 degree difference between Northland and Southland this morning (+Photos)

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Updated -- There's a huge contrast in morning temperatures across New Zealand today with over 20 degrees separating the north from the south as sub-tropical rain pushes down over northern regions and the cold air left over from last week's southerly remains stuck over the south.

Big low moves closer to NZ bringing rain, isolated thunder - sunniest in the south (+4 Maps)

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Heavy rain and gales affected Northland on Saturday now heavy rain is crossing Auckland and will continue to track southwards down the island today. Winds have eased further north as the complicated low, that is broken up with areas of wind and rain but also large areas of cloudy but dry and calm too.

Queen's Birthday Weather - Large low looms, we break it down for you (+6 Maps)

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A large low will slowly drift into New Zealand this long weekend and is deepening as it does so. There may be some localised pockets of rough weather amongst it all.

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Weather Video: Queen’s Birthday Weekend weather + another cold blast next week

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Our last nationwide holiday in almost half a year is upon us and the forecast is, sadly for many, going downhill a bit - but don’t worry, it’s not all doom and gloom.

PHOTOS x 4: Hoar frosts make for beautiful icy white landscapes in the south

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A cold clear night with sub zero temperatures leads to frosts, add some fog to the mix and you end up with a hoar frost. The small particles of moisture freeze to surfaces like trees, fences and powerlines.

Unsettled long weekend on the way as large low develops - for most, not for all (+5 Maps)

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It is mostly sunny and calm across a large portion of New Zealand today but things will change as we head into late Friday as a nor'easter develops ahead of a large low pressure system for the long weekend.

Today a high pressure system will actually continue to be stronger and on Friday will continue to cover New Zealand, but is slipping away towards evening.

Weather Video: Big low for the long weekend, cold snap kicks off next week

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The winds are about to get warmer as they swing from polar southerlies start of this week to sub-tropical northerlies by the end of Friday.

Over the weekend a large low in the Tasman Sea will spread rain and wind down over the North Island and into the upper and eastern South Island (may only be a few showers in the eastern South Island).