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A high this Friday & Saturday but another rough system by Sunday

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A cold south west air flow covers New Zealand with colder air arriving in the upper North Island later today.

As we head into Wednesday and Thursday expect coastal showers on both sides of New Zealand as high pressure builds.

By Friday this high will be moving in and clearing any remaining eastern showers.


Low level snow in the south tonight, cold NZwide tomorrow with gales possible in Auckland (+5 Maps)

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The first of two significant cold fronts is crossing the country and will this afternoon clear the North Island as the next cold front arrives in the Deep South. This secondary burst of cold air coming tonight and across Tuesday will be the coldest surge of air for many places with showers, some heavy with isolated hail and thunder and snow on the ranges.


Weather Video: This week kicks off with a nationwide cold blast, ends on a high

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A big nationwide cold blast is developing with snow expected in the hills and ranges of both islands, heavy rain on the West Coast and showers, some with hail, spreading to most other regions for a time.

The cold peaks today and tonight in the South Island and across Tuesday and Wednesday morning for many other regions.


Snow in the south, dry & sunny in the east, windy or wet elsewhere (+6 Maps)

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A cold front is moving up the South Island producing heavy rain and thunderstorms along the West Coast. This area of isolated thunderstorms will reach the western part of the North Island this evening and another cold front moves into the lower South Island on Monday bringing colder air.


Snow for the southern South Island, central North Island (+5 Maps)

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An area of low pressure will pass the country from Sunday accompanied by a burst of cold air, which could see temperatures dropping below -20 on the mountain tops and bringing near/below freezing wind chill to sea level parts of Southland and Otago by Monday.


Weather Video: Cold blasts coming this Sunday to Tuesday

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We have a couple of sunnier more settled days but on Sunday the weather goes downhill again as low pressure in the Southern Ocean combines with high pressure over Australia to produce a polar southerly.


Southerly blast kicks off this Sunday in New Zealand (+3 Maps)

It's a beautiful end to the week in many regions but the weekend is about to go downhill as a polar blast gets ready to pounce.


Snow coming to the mountains this weekend, so too is sunshine to break the gloom (+5 Maps)

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Gloomy weather affecting a number of regions is about to finally break as high pressure tries to push in and encourages a new westerly air flow. This air flow will make for drier and sunnier and weather in the east of both islands (potentially for the next two weeks). While not everyone will get the sun many areas that have been very gloomy lately should see an improvement.


Weather Video: High pressure trying to build but another windy, cold, blast coming

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Rain and gloomy conditions will finally clear the north of NZ today with high pressure building for Friday and Saturday in many areas.

But the centre of the high is way over in Australia so expect a few showers this weekend with rain on Sunday returning to the West Coast and snow developing in the mountains.


Winter Solstice is at 10:07pm, Thursday June 21st

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The shortest day of the 2018 year is today, Thursday June 21st - the day with the least amount of available sunlight. The precise moment is 10:07pm Thursday which basically means both Thursday and Friday will be equally as short.