The early start to winter may be here to stay according to the Weather Watch Centre. Last week a large high in the Tasman Sea and a low to the east of New Zealand worked together to drag up bitterly cold air from just north of Antarctica and that same high and low are expected to continue the trend well in to the coming week.
Weather Watch says highs ranging from the mid single digits to under 12 are expected for most centres south of Taupo for at least the next few days as the southerlies continue.
The high in the Tasman Sea should move over the lower South Island on Tuesday bringing settled conditions but frosty nights – stretching north later in the week.
Today gale force southerlies are expected to continue lashing centres between Banks Peninsula and the lower North Island with strengthening south easterlies expected to move north on Monday affecting northern New Zealand too.
Rain is also likely in a number of North Island regions today and tomorrow.
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on 23/05/2009 10:31pm
Another beaut sunny start this morning in Whangarei, frost to begin with after a clear night and three days in a row of this weather.
Sunny spots out of the cold wind are great so enjoying it while it lasts. Looking at weather map it will end later today as rainy stuff moves in.
I am feeling sorry for those suffering the extreme cold winds and snow, I have family in Wellington and we skite quite often about who is enjoying what more than the other is, but I am not at this time due to the severity of weather they are having right now.
I enjoy a sunny cold day, gives you a good feeling but I definitely do not like the cold wet and windy ones.
Thanks for the great reporting and forecasts.