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North Island escapes worst of weather
Still bitterly cold in the south.
Potential low may bring rain to drought region
It’s still bitterly cold across much of the South Island but it appears the North Island has escaped the worst of the polar blast.  “While winds have been clocked around 80km/h over much of the North Island today they low that’s brought the bad weather has slipped further into the Southern Ocean” says Head Weather Analyst Philip Duncan.  “The winds have moved more westerly right over the country, bringing a smidge of warmth back in to many”.
A very weak cold front is going to move over Auckland tonight while a stronger cold front will bring much colder weather into Wellington.  By noon tomorrow yet another cold front will move on the South Island, disintegrating as it moves north.  “There may be a few brief showers in southern Hawkes Bay, although nothing significant”.
The weekend looks like it’s going to be very cold and shower in the South Island and southern part of the North Island, with conditions improving for the rest of the North Island. 
Warmer conditions will return by late Sunday or Monday for many, as a sub tropical low moves down over the far north.  Weather.Com is predicting a 60% chance of rain in Hawkes Bay.  MetService is also saying there is a very small risk that another low may develop off the coast of Wairarapa creating significant rain for the region.   All eyes will be monitoring that potential system very closely.



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