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Monday’s national forecast – Temperature drop moves northwards

A strong front pushes northwards over the South Island this morning then onto the North Island this afternoon, northwesterlies precede the front, changing southwest in behind.

North Island

A few showers in the west, especially in the southwest (Taranaki through to Wellington). Out east it will be mostly sunny and warm with northwesterlies. Around midday or early afternoon a gusty cold southwest change moves into the lower North Island bringing rain, this moves northwards to reach Northland, Auckland and across to Gisborne this evening. There may be some thunder with the front as it moves through, this energy dissipates as the front reaches Auckland in the west but continues up through to Gisborne in the east. The greater chance of storms is along the east coast with southwesterly winds likely to be strong about the coast.

South Island

Southwesterly winds for most, very strong first thing this morning about coastal Canterbury then winds will start to ease. Rain for the West Coast with heavy falls and thunderstorms but clearing from the south this morning and sun breaking through. Showers for Southland and Otago becoming restricted to coastal areas by this evening. Canterbury has rain move in first thing this morning (possibly heavy) then quickly easing to showers and clearing in the afternoon. Nelson and Marlborough has rain or showers move in this morning, clearing Nelson this afternoon then Marlborough in the evening. A dusting of snow about the Main Divide above 1000m.


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