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  Temperatures several degrees warmer this week
We’re in for a much warmer week.  That’s the latest news from the Radio Network’s Weather Watch Centre.  Head Weather Analyst Philip Duncan says a week of westerlies will make overnight lows especially mild.  “While it might not be tropical it’s certainly not going to be bitterly cold”.  Westerlies, which bring warmer weather especially to the east of the country, are expected to dominate until at least Friday.  “In the north temperatures of 16 or 17 are expected during the day with overnight lows north of Waikato at least 12 or 13 degrees warmer than last week”.
Even the South Island is likely to remain mild with very few frosts, if any, expected.  “This is more like April weather” says Duncan “dominated by Autumnal westerlies and plenty of showery weather”. 
Duncan says farmers in Southern Hawke’s Bay and Wairarapa will appreciate the milder temperatures which promote grass growth.
“The next main cold front isn’t expected by Friday or Saturday night week”.  He says snow is possible again for Queenstown.
– Isolated heavy showers are possible in the North Island on Monday, west of the Kaimai’s and Central Plateau. 
– The next main cold front is expected to arrive on Thursday or Friday bringing rain and colder weather to the South Island.
– Rain is in the forecast for ski fields this week – but snow should arrive by this weekend. 



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