The run of warmer than average weather in many regions is about to temporarily stop as a southerly injection of air moves up New Zealand behind a cold front that is crossing and clearing the country today.
The eastern North Island, which has had some spectacular weather lately, will see a 4 to 6 degree drop in daytime highs this week compared to the end of last week and Saturday.
Southland and Otago will obviously have the coldest of this southerly and single digit highs this week are far more widespread with some frosts inland – although nothing severe.
Snow falls on the ranges of the South Island today and lowers, potentially affecting some alpine passes.
While not a dramatic change, even Northland and Auckland will see temperature drops, but only by a few degrees. In fact despite the cool down regions like Waikato and Bay of Plenty may still be a little above average temperaturewise at times this coming week.
– (Snow map up until Monday AM)