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Thursday’s Headlines: Cold front moves north, Cold mornings Fri / Sat, Settled weather coming

Here’s what is making the weather headlines today….


A cold front moved over the South Island last night, it’s the North Island’s turn from this morning.

Mainly western regions see rain with a chance of thunder although a few showers push up the east coast of the North Island also.

Overnight expect rain for the northeastern corner of the South Island and lower / Central North Island with snow in the ranges. 500m for Kaikoura, 500 / 600m Wellington, 600m Central Plateau overnight. Thunderstorms and hail are possible for the lower North Island overnight.

Metservice have various watches and warnings out, you can see them here.

Today’s thunderstorm outlook from Metservice can be seen here.


As high pressure starts to move in over the South Island overnight Thursday into Friday expect a cold start to the day on Friday morning. The Central North Island is cold on Friday morning also but this is more the result of snow potentially falling rather than a frost.

High pressure again on Saturday so another cold morning and this time for the Central North Island too as wet weather would have cleared.


As mentioned above we have cold mornings coming up, naturally this means conditions will be more settled.

The South Island on Friday is quite good with plenty of sun thanks to a ridge of high pressure, some high cloud moves in from the south during the day. North of Banks Peninsula in the morning there will be showers and fresh southwesterlies but these conditions will ease / clear from the south as the day progresses. Fiordland then sees showers in the evening.

On Saturday we get more settled weather but a few showers move into the western North Island with thickening cloud, it’s good in the east and for Bay Of Plenty. The South Island has good weather in the east, cloud in the west. A front about the far south brings a few showers to Southland and rain to Fiordland.


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