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Sub-zero temperatures Sunday across Otago, Severe Gales likely Monday (+9 Maps)

Here’s what is making the weather headlines this evening….

Situation 6pm this evening (Sunday) shows the Antarctic portion of the south-west airflow being split by a slightly milder airflow from high pressure south of Australia.
Gale force WSW to SW winds on Monday across many parts of New Zealand, especially coastal areas & the upper North Island / Auckland. Topography (mountains/ranges) may create gusts over 140km/h in the most exposed areas. Keep up to date with MetService
warnings & watches:


There is plenty going on, various fronts and troughs moving through today. Instead of trying to nut out the nitty gritty about when rain bands or showers are going to arrive may we direct you to our various tools to decipher when certain events may occur. This is good value as the timing of certain weather events can differ as we narrow down certain features moving through.

For an overall picture about what may be occurring please check out our rain models here.

For real time / current rain information please visit this page here.


Will there be snow? Yes there shall be. Is it anything to stress about? Well that depends on your situation. If you were to picture the set up as follows, “Snow arrives about the far south in winter”. To be honest, snow arriving about the lower South Island in winter shouldn’t be ground breaking news, what else would one or could one expect?

It’s not a warm advection set up where very heavy snow 1 metre thick will transpire. It’s just cold air and precipitation.

The best bet is to keep an eye on watches and warnings put out by Metservice here. Good luck and no doubt we will see you on the other side!


A strong cold southwesterly airflow lies over the country.


Showers with fresh to strong southwesterly winds, Bay Of Plenty dries up later this evening. Showers south of Napier in the east but a few may spreads northwards for a time this evening. Snow about the Central Plateau to 800m.


Cold southwesterlies. Showers along the West Coast and about the far south, South Westland should see some dry weather especially later in the day. Nelson and Marlborough may see showers for a moment in the afternoon. Canterbury could see a shower or two during the day, mainly out on Banks Peninsula. A mix of sun and cloud otherwise. Snow flurries for the upper South Island to 500m, 300m for the lower South Island although possibly lowering to 200 or 100m for a time in the afternoon.


Jake on 2/07/2023 11:42am

Quick let’s all move to Levin to escape the weather said nobody ever.

Phil Smith on 1/07/2023 10:05pm

Well personally Phil this cold snap is a mirage, today here in Levin we have no wind, no rain and the hills are 100% free of snow, its 11 dec the sun is coming through, what a lot of hype for nothing

Richard on 2/07/2023 9:09am

You poor bugger.

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