Some parts of the South Island are glorious right now with clear skies and fairly mild conditions – but the cold change is now approaching Southland.
As of early afternoon temperatures are mainly between 11 and 15 degrees which is mild especially under sunny skies.
As you can see in the graph below (from our hourly Invercargill forecasts, as an example), the next few hours will see clouds roll in, rain falling and temperatures dropping.
Here are the 1pm weather observations from the lower South Island (click image below for live version)
The cold weather will be coming in surges. The first cold front (as of 1pm) was approaching Stewart Island and Southland – the next surge of polar air (the main event) will be later Friday and into Saturday.
Lunchtime Thursday colourised satellite maps. ABOVE: Shows the big change approaching the lower South Island/Stewart Island. BELOW: A lot of sunny, clear weather over the South Island right now – but that’s about to change from the south. Images/JMA
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