VIDEO: Spring blast sees wintry weather for a time - warmer this weekend

We have a surge of windy weather across NZ for the next two days with cold air from the Southern Ocean dropping temperatures in most regions today and everywhere by tonight. We have a few squally showers today, some with hail and even a random isolated thunderstorm or two.

Peak winds are tonight then they gradually ease back over Thursday and Friday - but more windy westerlies are in the forecast for the next week.

This weekend we have some rain and showers but large dry areas too.