This week’s up and down weather will continue into the weekend as a large frontal system rolls in from the Tasman Sea reports WeatherWatch.co.nz.
The positive is that most places will start off warm and sunny – but the flip side means a colder change for some along with rain and possible wind warnings.
Saturday should be sunny and dry in most parts of the country except the West Coast.
Heavy rain is expected to set in along the West Coast with the government forecaster suggesting rain warnings were highly likely. They also predict a moderate chance of severe gales about central New Zealand on Sunday.
WeatherWatch.co.nz says on Thursday the South Island hit 26 degrees in Murchison. For Friday and Saturday similar highs are expected through inland parts of the South Island while many North Island regions – especially in the north and east – are likely to climb into the low 20s.
WeatherWatch.co.nz says this week has seen temperatures wildly contrasting across the country, as to be expected in the chaotic season that is Spring.
By Sunday cooler conditions will move into the lower South Island and will spread up the west coast into the North Island by early next week.