A low east of New Zealand is dragging some cold air over the South Island today while the North Island deals with a frontal system this morning and early afternoon. Plenty in store, more details below.
Northland, Auckland, Waikato & Bay Of Plenty
A few showers, turning to rain for a time around midday then easing to showers again this afternoon as brisk northwesterlies change strong west to southwest. Showers may contain hail at times from afternoon.
Western North Island (including Central North Island)
Rain this morning with heavy falls, easing to showers this afternoon as
gusty northwesterlies change west to southwest (winds strong about the Taranaki
coastline). Hail possible at times from this afternoon with a risk of
Eastern North Island
Rain for the Wairarapa this morning, moving into Hawkes Bay around midday
then Gisborne some time this afternoon as a front moves northwards over the
North Island. Conditions clearing in behind the front as it moves north with sun
breaking through, winds strong and gusty from the northwest then changing more
Rain this morning easing to showers, westerlies change southerly around
midday. Hail possible later on today.
Marlborough & Nelson
Early showers clear then expect periods of cloud with west to southwesterly
winds winds, showers develop again late afternoon or evening for Marlborough
with a risk of hail then clearing overnight.
Brisk cold southwesterly winds with the odd shower about and a risk of
hail, snow to 600m lowering to 400m later this evening. Showers really making
more of an appearance from late afternoon or evening. Snow may lower to 300m
overnight on Banks Peninsula, overnight showers ease for inland areas but
temperatures will be very cold. Southwesterlies rising to gale at times later
this evening and overnight near the coast especially Banks Peninsula.
Showers, possibly heavy with thunderstorms and hail then clearing around
midday, cloud breaking this afternoon. Cold southwesterlies.
Southland & Otago
Showers, heavy at times with hail and possible thunderstorms. Otago may see
a break in the weather for a time this morning before moving in again around
midday. Snow to 400m this morning lowers 300m late afternoon, possibly 200m at
times. Showers ease overnight. Winds cold from the southwest possibly rising to
gale later this evening / overnight near the coast.
By Weather Analyst Aaron Wilkinson – WeatherWatch.co.nz