August 31st marks the end of winter on the meteorological calendar, and according to polls run by WeatherWatch.co.nz over the years, about 70% of New Zealanders consider Thursday September 1st to be the start of spring.
The weather forecast for Winter’s final day? Calm and dry under a very large high pressure system.
By Wednesday night the centre of this big high will be over the North Island – which means as we head into Thursday we can expect another mostly settled and dry day – although westerly quarter winds will be forming south of Wellington from Thursday.
Temperature-wise, Wednesday looks average to slightly above average, with daytime highs reaching into the mid to late teens for most regions.
A very light frost is possible for areas well inland overnight tonight.
The Start and End Dates
Winter ends August 31, Spring starts September 1st
Winter ends September 22nd, Spring starts September 23rd.