We’re still another day away from the polar change heading up New Zealand but temperatures will start to drop in the very south today and rain moves into northern NZ.
The rain band in the western and upper North Island will have some isolated heavy falls – but these will be patchy and rain along the West Coast continues too.
While it will be a little windy in some places, like the upper and eastern North Island, Sunday shouldn’t be as windy as Saturday was for most parts of the country.
Bursts of squallier wintry weather will move into the lower South Island tonight and overnight, gradually heading northwards over Monday with the freezing level dropping.
Monday and Tuesday will see the polar change arriving, bringing snow to Southland, Otago and Fiordland and into parts of Canterbury and the central North Island (and lower North Island ranges).
Sub-zero wind chill, below -10 to -15C above a few hundred metres in exposed places in the lower South Island is possible over Monday and Tuesday and wind chill of -5C is possible in sea level locations in Southland and Otago.
We’ll have more details and new maps in our next update later this morning,