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RainWatch – Bitterly cold southwesterlies bring snow to near sea level in the far south

Very cold southwesterlies cover the country today, shower activity is mostly restricted to the coloured areas in the map below. Expect snow to near or at sea level for Southland and Otago. Fiordland / South Westland sees morning shower activity clear. Bay Of Plenty in the North Island has morning showers also that clear away. Mainly dry about Hawkes Bay and Gisborne although a shower or two may creep in from the south in the evening.

For further details on snow in your region check out today’s national forecast released at 4am this morning.

Wednesday sees mainly dry conditions in the east, just a remaining shower or two about Buller and the western North Island clearing in the evening. Showers for Southland and the Catlins ease during the day, clearing evening.

Mainly dry on Thursday across New Zealand, just one or two showers about the place. For the North Island this will likely be for Kapiti and eastern Bay Of Plenty / western East Cape. In the South Island, a shower or two for South Westland turns to rain overnight.

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By Weather Analyst Aaron Wilkinson –


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