VIDEO: Wintry blast coming in - full details including Queen’s Birthday Monday

We have the full forecast right up to Queen’s Birthday Monday and it includes the big southerly blast about to hit the country.

The southerly arrives in the Deep South on Thursday morning and slowly moves northwards across Thursday and Friday.

Day by day: We track the cold blast coming for NZ and when it affects you (+5 Maps)

A major change in New Zealand's weather pattern is about to occur - but we have one day left of warmer than average weather nationwide.

WEDNESDAY: Warmer than average nationwide - both by day and by night by a few degrees, thanks to west to north west winds out of Australia.

How cold will the cold blast be? Here's Saturday's lowest daytime highs (+2 Maps)

We have two big surges of cold air coming for New Zealand over the next several days with the first cold event peaking this Saturday.

Temperatures nationwide will tumble, down 7 to 12 degrees from current daytime highs.

Heavy rain and heavy snow coming - we have the latest numbers (+5 Maps)

A late Autumn storm is going to produce heavy rain and heavy snow in the days ahead - but some will stay mostly dry.

The bulk of the rain in the days ahead will be on the West Coast with over 300mm possible by the weekend, on top of what has already fallen.

VIDEO: Winter blast coming this weekend, everyone has a big temperature drop

A cold, windy, blast is on the way but not before a few more warmer days. The cold front moves up the South Island on Friday and the rest of the country by Saturday.

The weekend will be around 10 degrees colder in a number of regions compared to the daytime highs today/tomorrow. On Sunday there may be a brief breather in some places before the next surge.

Big temperature tumble coming, some drop 10 degrees by Saturday (+3 Maps)

A winter blast is coming this weekend and it will hack daytime temperatures back by as much as 10 degrees compared to this week.

First winter blast of the year coming, rain snow and gales (+8 Maps)

The first grunty southerly of the year is coming our way, but not before days of windy warm westerlies and West Coast rain. 

VIDEO: Wintry blast coming for all of NZ - peaks this long weekend

This week kicks off warmer than average with rain setting in to the West Coast and windy westerlies also setting in. By Friday those winds turn cold with snow falling to just a few hundred metres in the South Island and a significant nationwide temperature drop by the start of the long weekend.

A change is coming next week, First day of Winter likely to kick off on a stormy note (+3 Maps)

The weather pattern takes a dramatic turn next week as high pressure clears away and large windy lows move in. The first day of winter on the meteorological calendar looks wintry with perhaps the first real nationwide southerly of the year coming in.

VIDEO: Warmer days coming up but stormier weather kicks in next week

The trend of warmer than average days continues - and expands - in the days ahead, but it’s all going downhill next week with a few big Southern Ocean storms tracking by.

Winds are mostly light in NZ until Sunday when westerlies kick in, they surge more nationwide by Tuesday and Wednesday.