A front pushes in from the west, gradually moving over the North Island this afternoon / evening meanwhile cold southerlies spread over the upper South Island reaching the lower North Island this evening. Cold southerlies cover the country on Friday then easing on Saturday as a ridge of high pressure moves in.
Blue – Heavy rain eases from afternoon about North Westland. Rain becoming heavy in the morning about Taranaki, easing from afternoon. Rain with possible heavy falls about the Waikato / Central North Island in the afternoon then easing in the evening. Canterbury sees rain from early this morning, heavy falls possible especially inland then easing late afternoon / evening.
White – Snow flurries about Southland / Otago to 400m lowering to low levels (200 to 100m) by evening. Canterbury sees snow to 700m lowering to 200m overnight.
Purple – Southerlies becoming brisk to strong about the Marlborough Sounds / lower North Island in the evening.
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 (200 to 100m) about the east of the South Island ease and clear overnight, snow is not heavy.
Purple – Brisk to strong southerly quarter winds for the North Island ease overnight although remaining gusty in the east.
A frosty start about inland areas of both islands, heavy frosts likely about the inner South Island. Gusty southwesterlies along the east coast of the North Island ease overnight.
– 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