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Tuesday’s Headlines: Cold front today with T/Storms & Snow, Another cold front late Wed, High from Friday


A cold front and various troughs push northwards over the country today, arriving for the lower and western North Island around midnight.

This change will bring a burst of rain in the west and east with thunderstorms and hail possible. Expect snow about the ranges also to 300m overnight about the far south, 600m for the upper South Island later on and 700m overnight for the Central Plateau.

There are various watches and warnings out from Metservice, see them here.

There is also various thunderstorm watches out, see them here.

From 10pm Monday to 10am Tuesday


If today’s cold front is not enough then we have another due later tomorrow, moving into the far south then reaching the lower North Island on Thursday morning.

Rain with a chance of thunder in the west as this front moves northwards then we have a trough in behind bringing rain to the far south Thursday morning, rain reaching into Canterbury up through to Wellington later in the evening or overnight.

Snow is likely for the ranges again, as low as 300m about the far south from early Thursday, heavy snow possible there. Snow lowers to around 700 to 600m for the Central Plateau in the evening on Thursday.

More details in Philip Duncan’s video around midday.

MSLP / Rain map – Thursday 27th July 2023 6:00am – GFS


High pressure moves in over the South Island on Friday bringing settled weather although there still looks to be clearing showers in the east Canterbury northwards.

High pressures reaches the North Island on Saturday with another cold front moving into the far south.


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