A front is delivering cold and rainy conditions to much of the southern South Island this morning.
Southerlies are strong and temperatures have dived in over the last few hours and are likely to remain that way for much of the week.
The weather was relatively mild for much of the weekend in the south, as warm northerlies preceding the front saw a few thermometers peak in the 20s.
The cold front today is expected to move over the remainder of the South island slowly today with bleak conditions likely for most southerners by midnight tonight.
Overnight lows are expected to be below par for the next few nights for mainlanders as a pool of cold air follows todays front with southerlies expected for the much of the week ahead.
Although the autumnal conditions will be noticeable there’s the chance of a day or 2 of some sunshine in the west and even a day of sunshine is a possibility midweek in remaining areas before the southerly revs up again towards the end of the week.