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Friday Newsfeed: High pressure slides east, cold front waits over the Tasman Sea

The high over NZ moves east today and sees a few showers around the North Island. Track on rain radar today along with our hourly forecast data, so you can monitor it accurately – as it’s a messy set up. Most places are dry.

As the high shifts east, a hotter nor’west flow comes in behind it – starting in the lower South Island and Cook Strait areas today and building further into Saturday.

A cold front will slowly move up NZ this weekend and into Monday, falling apart as it does so. It could bring 15 to 30mm to western areas and 5 to 10mm to eastern areas. Check your local WeatherWatch and RuralWeather forecast for rainfall estimates. Our new alerting app isn’t so accurate with showers – but is useful with cold fronts like this one for alerting you to 10mm or 20mm etc.

Some severe weather is possible in the South Island.

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Marty on 24/02/2024 1:45am

Any sign of a cold snap approaching the Queenstown/southern lakes region in the coming weeks?

I’m hoping for a major cold change here in early – mid March.


WW Forecast Team on 24/02/2024 8:47pm

Hi Marty – Nothing major just yet – but certainly some regular colder changes come in at least once a week now. Our next ClimateWatch update for the month of March is coming out this Friday (March 1).

– WW

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