Warmer than average Sunday, Sunday night and Monday for much of NZ (+2 Maps)


Found it quite warm lately? The run of warmer than normal weather continues thanks to a large high parked east of NZ and pulling down mild sub-tropical air over us.

For most the warmth isn't stifling, but it's certainly noticeable for so late in the month of March. In the past few days we've had warm nights and even sea breezes in the forecast as far south as Southland (it needs to be especially warm inland for sea breezes to kick in).

Today is another warm day - warmer than average for more than two thirds of the country.

Monday and Tuesday may be even warmer as nor'westers kick in, with some eastern areas potentially reaching 30 degrees.

However a cool down is also one the way - most places drop a few to several degrees on Wednesday and Thursday as a cold front sweeps over New Zealand.

Below are the departure from normal temperature maps - in other words, how much warmer or cooler than normal is it for this time of the year. Areas with no colouring are around average.

- WeatherWatch.co.nz