Cold southerlies cover New Zealand today, meanwhile a ridge starts to sneak in over the lower South Island. Also late afternoon / evening an upper trough may deliver a period of heavy showers about the upper North Island. A ridge lies over the South Island on Saturday, southwesterlies ease further north. Anticyclonic conditions for Sunday.
Blue – A frosty start about the lower South Island, heavy frosts possible.
Late afternoon / evening about Auckland, the Waikato and perhaps Northland there may be a period of heavy showers then clearing at night.
White – A few low level snow flurries (200m) about the east of the South Island ease and clear overnight, snow is not heavy. A few snow flurries may lower to 400m about the east coast of the North Island (perhaps 300m for Wairarapa), only just a dusting about the ranges if anything.
Purple – Brisk to strong southerly quarter winds for the North Island ease overnight although remaining gusty in the east.
Blue – A frosty start about inland areas of both islands, heavy frosts likely about the inner South Island.
Purple – Gusty southwesterlies along the east coast of the North Island ease overnight.
Another frosty start morning and night, heavy frosts for the inner South Island.
– Please note, the idea behind this update is to focus on the main weather highlights, which is why not all regions are mentioned.
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– Aaron Wilkinson, WeatherWatch.co.nz