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A low that is shaping up to make for a wet start to Labour Weekend for some parts of New Zealand will develop today in the central Tasman Sea while a front remains stalled over central New Zealand – prompting rain warnings for the Tararua Ranges today.

The front will later today be connected to the low in the Tasman Sea and will bring further rain from the upper South Island to northern Taranaki. 

Again, regions north of Central Plateau will be mostly sunny with light winds from the north. 

In the South Island get ready for some colder weather.  After several warm days, thanks to the nor’westers, winds will today turn southerly as a weak cold front moves up the country. 

As the low in the north moves across the North Island this weekend it will continue the south easterly flow over the South until at least Labour Monday.  Temperatures will be down significantly in some areas, especially coastal regions from Banks Peninsula to Southland.  Daytime highs may only reach into the lower or mid teens at their best.

West Coasters may benefit from the south east flow with highs reaching into the late teens likely. 

Meanwhile back over the North Island a northerly or north’easterly flow will develop bringing a return to milder nights after some cool starts over the past few days.


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