A northwesterly airflow lies over New Zealand today, a front within this flow pushes northwards over the South Island during the day. This front crosses onto the North Island on Wednesday however in a much more weakened state, a ridge builds over the South Island then the North Island later in the day. An anticyclone moves out to the east on Thursday as a northeasterly airflow develops.
Blue – As a front pushes northwards along the West Coast of the South Island during today there may be a few spots of heavy rain. Only a shower symbol 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 early this morning.
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.
Blue – A cold start for inland areas, it is winter after all. Not a big frost but the potential is there for some areas in blue below to get down to the 0 to -2 degree celsius range.
– 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