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Cold snap this weekend – but watch for sunburn!

In true spring style the weather this weekend is about as mixed up as it can get.  From long sunny spells in the north to a cold, wintry, change in the south and a wet, mild start to the weekend in the west. forecasters say the southerly change will affect most of New Zealand on Sunday, with places like Canterbury, Otago and Southland most exposed to the change. 

Wellington will also be affected by the southerly change on Sunday following a building northerly today.

Daytime highs will go from near 20 degrees in the east of the South Island today to just 8 or 10 degrees on Sunday.

The southerly will weaken as it heads north but a few showers and cool winds are still likely across northern New Zealand.

But don’t let the time of year fool you – burn times are already kicking in and reminds all of our readers to slip, slop and slap already. 

“Even if the air isn’t hot yet the sun certainly is and UV amounts are now on the rise.  You could get sunburnt just sitting outdoors for lunch in the sun” says weather analyst Philip Duncan. 



Guest on 23/09/2011 9:41pm

That is a fair comment to make about the sunburn times.  Now that the spring equinox has passed we are now getting as much sunlight, with as much UV light, as we get in mid March.

Leighton on 23/09/2011 9:32pm

Great start to the day here. 18.5 degrees currently at the locsl (accurate) station. No wind and no cloud about.

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