A cold front moves northwards over the country today with winds behind the front becoming strong from the southwest and gales about many areas, especially near the coast.
Northland, Auckland, Waikato & Bay Of Plenty
Mostly cloudy, a few showers from afternoon. Breezy westerlies tend brisk to strong southwest later in the evening.
Western North Island (including Central North Island)
Mostly cloudy with a few showers moving in this morning. West to northwest winds strengthen. Evening rain with a gusty southwest change. A few snow flurries overnight about the Central Plateau to 500m.
Eastern North Island
Mostly sunny with some high cloud, northwesterly winds becoming gusty in the afternoon. Winds change cold southwest later in the evening, becoming strong overnight. A few showers move in later in the day. Snow lowering overnight on the ranges of Wairarapa and Hawkes Bay to 400m.
Strong northwesterly winds develop in the morning with mostly cloudy skies and perhaps some sun at times. A few showers start moving in during the afternoon and winds change strong southerly (gusting to gale) in the evening. Snow flurries overnight lowering to 400m.
Marlborough & Nelson
Sunny areas and some high cloud with breezy northwesterly winds, becoming gusty around midday. An evening gusty southwest change brings a few showers, especially in the south with snow lowering to 400 or perhaps even 300m overnight. Nelson may see a shower or two from midday, spreading from the west.
Morning sun with some high cloud then afternoon showers develop (some may be heavy with hail) as breezy northwesterly winds change strong southwest. Gales possible, especially about the coast. Snow flurries lower to 300m overnight.
Rain, easing to showers in the afternoon as northwest winds change gusty southwest. Showers clear later in the evening.
Southland & Otago
Waves of rain easing to showers at times, then clearing overnight. Strong cold southwesterly winds develop in the morning with gales about coastal areas, especially coastal Otago. Snow to 700m first thing lowers to low levels (200 to 100m) in the evening.
By Weather Analyst Aaron Wilkinson – WeatherWatch.co.nz