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Sunday’s national forecast – Increase warmth leads to avalanche risks

New Zealand is heading into another few days that are warmer than average, by over 10 degrees in some regions.

Coming out of winter and some heavy snow events in the mountains the warmth over the next few days increases the avalanche risk across New Zealand, especially the Southern Alps. The next 3 days ahead will be over 10 degrees above normal in some South Island areas, leading to increased daytime and nighttime snow melt.

Rain clouds are moving in to the west and will slide into the North Island too – and into Monday. Some falls will be heavy on the West Coast today and on Monday Auckland she get some wet weather – but it won’t be enough to reverse water restrictions.

Most of New Zealand is warmer than average today and tonight.

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