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Tuesday’s national forecast – Unsettled and cold (+8 maps)

A cold front pushes over the North Island this morning then off to the northeast, in it’s wake is a strong cold southwesterly airflow.

Most regions see rain or showers at some point today, western regions and the far south get the wettest weather. Some snow about the ranges of the South Island too possibly as low as 300m for a time this morning about the far south. Southwesterlies will be strong and blustery, especially about coastal areas.

Please refer to your local, hourly, 10 day forecast for more details.

Northland, Auckland, Waikato & Bay Of Plenty
Morning rain eases to showers late morning as northwesterlies change fresh southwest. Sunny spells break through during the afternoon with Bay Of Plenty becoming dry.
Highs: 17-18

Western North Island (including Central North Island)
Morning rain eases to showers, blustery west to northwesterly winds strong about the coast. Winds tend more southwest about Taranaki.
Highs: 10-16

Eastern North Island

A mix of sun and cloud, a few morning showers may pass through as northwesterlies tend gusty westerly.
Highs: 16-19


Morning showers then sunny spells break through, brisk to strong northwesterlies.
Highs: 14-15

Marlborough & Nelson

Morning showers possible, more so about Nelson then becoming mostly sunny. Breezy westerlies, tending more southwest for Nelson.
Highs: 13-15


Southwesterlies rush through in the morning bringing showers and snow flurries to 600m then clearing up in the afternoon with some sun, southwesterlies return in the evening but mainly dry with some cloud.
Highs: 9-13

West Coast

Morning rain eases to showers, snow to 500m for a time then lifting during the afternoon. Perhaps as low as 300m about Fiordland. Blustery southwesterly winds.
Highs: 9-12

Southland & Otago
Wintry showers, perhaps some small hail. Conditions start to ease a little from late afternoon. Snow flurries to 300m in the morning then 400m the rest of the day before lifting overnight. For North Otago conditions become a bit drier with sunny spells more likely. Blustery cold west to southwest winds, strong to gale about the coast.
Highs: 8-10

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