FINAL UPDATE — A front is moving into New Zealand bringing a cooler change in the south, some wet weather in the South Island and cloudy, mild and dry weather for most others.
The front will see areas of downpours, drizzle and light patchy rain moving around parts of the South Island this evening and also some parts of the North Island – although high pressure does hold on, keeping most wet weather offshore for the North Island.
There may be a bit of cloud around the country due to this set up – especially in the north, west and south.
Most main centres look dry but please check your local forecast for more details as we’re being quite general here. Dunedin and Wellington perhaps have the highest risk of a shower or a drizzle patch this evening.
Temperature-wise many in the north and east look mild but a cooler change is moving up the South Island.
Daytime Highs: 20 to 26
Midnight temps: 15 to 20
Daytime Highs: 16 to 24
Midnight temps: 12 to 17
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Forecast Rain Radar for 10pm New Year’s Eve shows some light patchy rain or drizzle in the central west and a cold front moving up the east coast of the South Island – but generally speaking many areas look dry or mostly dry – but many areas may be cloudy. There may be some heavy downpours on the West Coast.
ABOVE: Tonight’s map before midnight shows a cold front moving up the South Island and weakening as a weak low remains in the Tasman Sea.
BELOW: 10pm New Year’s Day and the front continues to disintegrate as it heads northwards.
Forecast Temperature Map for 7pm this evening shows the cold front lying somewhere around Canterbury with warmer weather to the north and cooler conditions moving in further south.
Wind map for this evening shows a lot of calm weather but a cooler southerly may be blowing past Dunedin and hugging the east coast, while a brisk nor’west breeze blows through Cook Strait area. A light northerly quarter flow is continuing around northern NZ keeping conditions fairly mild.
– Maps by Weathermap.co.nz and The Weather Company
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