It wouldn’t be spring without a surge of mild weather followed by a wintry change and that is precisely what is happening over the next few days.
For Wednesday (and into Thursday for some northern areas) sub-tropical northerlies will be blowing, helping keep temperatures up, especially the overnight minimums.
Windy westerlies kick back in by Friday and Saturday pushing temperatures up to 20 degrees in the east (maybe the low to mid 20s in some isolated spots) – but this is ahead of the next wintry change, which moves into the lower South Island on Sunday and more nationwide on Monday.
It’s not a major winter event but will bring more snow to the hills and ranges of the South Island and temperature drops for entire nation – most noticeably in Southland, Otago and Canterbury where daytime highs may tumble over 10 degrees from where they will be in the coming days.
Some parts of Otago may be over 10 degrees colder by Sunday than they will be on Friday.
Examples of Max Temperatures and the colder change coming – sourced from www.RuralWeather.co.nz