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

A cold southwest front moves northwards over the South Island today reaching the lower North Island late afternoon. A ridge brings some settled weather for a time on Wednesday, overnight however a front stretches out from a low in the Tasman Sea bringing some rain to the upper North Island. A low sits out to the west of the country on Thursday dragging in an east to northeasterly airflow.


Blue – A tad cool to start the day in the areas marked below, no major frosts.

White – A few morning snow flurries to 400m about North Otago / South Canterbury clear, snow flurries continue about Southland and Otago up to about Otago Peninsula bringing flurries down to 400m, perhaps 300m at times then clearing overnight. Snow amounts will not be large but still worth keeping an eye on.


Blue – A rain band pushes onto the upper North Island overnight, easing by dawn on Thursday. Rain is not looking torrential however the odd heavy fall looks possible.

A frosty start to the day for many, especially the South Island where some isolated inland spots may dip into -7 to -8 degree territory.


Blue – A rain band pushes onto the upper North Island later in the evening on Thursday, pushing down into Gisborne and Hawkes Bay overnight.

A frosty start for the inner South Island again on Thursday, not as cold as Wednesday morning however it still may hit -4 degrees about some inland spots. Cold to start about some inland North Island areas (mainly in the east), only just hovering down to 0 degrees.

– 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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