Severe gales, heavy snow and heavy rain are in the forecast for today and Wednesday as a low moves away from NZ and the colder southerly surge comes in behind it.
Tuesday is average to above average temperature-wise, Wednesday is average to below average as the southerly spreads as far north as Cape Reinga by the end of the day.
Westerlies surge twice over the North Island, firstly today then the main winds come in on Wednesday with gusts over 100km/h possible in the west from Auckland north to Cape Reinga. Some isolated power cuts and trees down are possible.
Gales will also skirt past Dunedin/Otago Peninsula and the eastern North Island.
Downpours will mostly impact the western half of the North Island and Southland and Otago.
With the colder southerly coming in later today and across Wednesday expect rain to turn to snow in the ranges and mountains with some heavy falls.
Wednesday is a wintry day for many places with a temperature drop. After a few days of normal to above normal afternoon temperatures, Wednesday drops to below normal in a number of places.
Many places see temperatures fall by a few degrees – so not as major as it can be, but definitely noticeable!
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