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InfoGraphic: The Main Weather News Highlights across NZ: Mon, Tue, Wed

An anticyclone brings mainly settled weather to New Zealand today, a front moves onto the lower South Island overnight. This front moves northwards over the South Island on Tuesday while northwesterlies develop in the north. Finally this front crosses onto the North Island on Wednesday however in a much more weakened state, a ridge starts to build over the South Island.


Blue – Frosts! That’s the main order of today, followed by a fair amount of sun. Watch for black ice especially about inland parts of the country this morning. -6 degrees celsius appears to be the coldest temperatures we are seeing first thing both about the Desert Road and near Twizel.


Blue – As a front pushes northwards along the West Coast of the South Island during the day there may be a few spots of heavy rain. Only a shower symbol this time round as yes while rain may be heavy at times, by West Coast standards it will be a fairly run of the mill situation.

Temperatures getting just into freezing territory for some inland areas, frosts may occur earlier in the night for the parts shaded in below especially in regards to the top of the South Island. As a west to northwesterly airflow builds it may mean dawn on Tuesday is actually a bit warmer then earlier in the night.

Purple – Northwesterly winds through Cook Strait are brisk to strong, easing later in the evening.


Blue – A ridge brings a cold start to inland parts of the South Island, not a severe frost but in the region of 0 to -2 degrees celsius for the areas shaded in blue below. Central Otago will likely see the coldest temperatures.

A decaying front brings showers to the western side of the North Island during the day between Taranaki and Auckland, also across into the Bay Of Plenty from afternoon.

– Please note, the idea behind this update is to focus on the main weather highlights, which is why not all regions are mentioned. 

For specific 10 day information for your city, town, rural community or island please see the 1500 forecasts on our homepage!

– Aaron Wilkinson,


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