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Big temperature drop coming, Thursday cooler than average for many (+2 maps)

A cold front is on the way and while it’s not a huge rainmaker it is a big temperature dropper!

Canterbury may notice it the most, with daytime highs today in the late 20s and early 30s, but by tomorrow it may be more than 11 degrees cooler in Christchurch with a high of only 17C.

It will be even cooler further south, Dunedin’s high on Thursday is just 12 or 13C and many parts of Southland will only be in the early teens.

The North Island isn’t so impacted, although Wellington’s expected high of 23C today is replaced by a high of 17C on Thursday.

Palmerston North has a high of 23C today but only 19C by Friday and Napier and Hastings go from the late 20s or early 30s today, to a high of around 21C by Friday.

The upper North Island will barely feel it – although Auckland’s high of around 25 to 27C today, will be replaced with a high of 22 or 23C by Friday, which many would describe as ‘refreshing’.

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Adam on 18/01/2022 11:55pm

As an observation the forecasts that Weatherwatch posters are pretty accurate but at least in the eastern South Island any way it is often said the temperatures predicted on this site are usually 3 or 4 degrees lower than what usually happens, especially when compared to other sites.

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