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Friday’s national forecast

The large low pressure system that is causing all the rough weather we are experiencing sits east of the North Island today. It directs a cold southerly airflow into the country especially in the east. Gale to severe gale southerly winds about coastal Marlborough and the lower North Island ease later in the day.

Northland, Auckland & Waikato
Showers, some heavy at times with a risk of hail easing this morning, the odd sunny break then developing. Strong gusty southwesterlies, gale force at times in the morning especially about western coastlines. The Waikato sees similar conditions in the morning however showers clear by midday with sunny spells then increasing. In the evening heavy showers may move in again about and north of Auckland.
Highs: 11-13

Bay Of Plenty
Morning showers clear then sunny spells increase, strong gusty southwesterly winds ease in the evening.
Highs: 12-13

Eastern North Island
Strong south to southwesterly winds develop this morning bringing showers. Not reaching Gisborne till late morning. Southerlies gale force about the Wairarapa coastline then easing evening. Snow to 700m from midday for the ranges of Wairarapa.
High: 9-12

Central North Island
Wintry showers, a period of morning rain. Snow to 700m. Conditions ease in the evening a little. This is mainly concerning areas south of Lake Taupo about the Central Platue. North of there expect showers to clear around midday then sunny spells develop. Cold south to southwest winds.
Highs: 5-7

Western North Island
Rain, heavy at times then easing during the afternoon to showers. Gale southerlies ease in the evening. Snow to 700m. For northern Taranaki expect showers and snow to 700m to ease then clear late afternoon or early evening. Winds still strong and gusty from the south easing later.
Highs: 10-11

Severe gale southerlies gradually ease, heavy areas of rain easing to showers around midday. There could be some hail at times now and then, snow to 600m.
High: 9-10

Sunny spells increase from morning after any early showers clear. Strong cold southerlies ease later.
Highs: 10

Cloudy and cold with strong southerlies, gale force at times especially on the coast. Expect rain with snow flurries to 400m, potentially sitting around 300m at first this morning. Areas of precipitation north of the Wairau Valley will be few and far between.
Highs: 5-8

Strong cold southerlies today with wintry showers, snow flurries to low levels for much of the day south of about Ashburton possibly even sea level at first early this morning. Further north expect the snow level to be sitting around 200m, possibly 100m in the morning then lifting to 300 or maybe even 400m by midday.
Highs: 2-6

West Coast
Cloudy areas decreasing in the afternoon with sunny spells developing, strong gusty southeasterlies ease during the afternoon.
Highs: 9-11

Coastal Otago
Wintry showers with very cold south to southeast winds, some snow may break through to sea level at times otherwise remaining around 200 to 100m above sea level.
High: 3-5

Central Otago
Snow showers at times with bitterly cold south to southeasterly winds.
Highs: 1-2

Wintry showers with snow flurries to 100m possibly breaking through to sea level at times. Bitterly cold southeasterly winds.
Highs: 2-5


Guest on 21/06/2013 11:56am

I live in Crofton downs (pretty near Mt K). Just wondering if you think there is any chance of now for my area?

WW Forecast Team on 21/06/2013 5:10pm

Low to moderate risk Saturday night of a flurry (not heavy or settling though) – the air continues to be about 1 or 2 degrees to warm in Dunedin, Chch and the higher suburbs of Wellington for snow to form – talk about your exact borderline!

 – WW

Guest on 20/06/2013 5:51pm

good morning guys , rough not here in masterton , the rain seems little sleety this morning , also i checked your forcste for wellington and says wintry showers for wellington this evening and tonight will that apply to wairarapa to. i can remeber a earlier article few days ago saying sleet/snow risk will be highest for welly/wai friday evening and you seem to still be supporting that? thanks guys

WW Forecast Team on 20/06/2013 6:37pm

Just briefly this afternoon there could be a surge of colder/ Snow in Wellington city centre not expected – but sleet and the chance of a snow flurry for you, but doubt it will be very noticeable.  Very fine line for snow, been tricky all week!



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