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Your Easter Sunday weather forecast across NZ

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A few early light showers and morning clouds may greet some northern New Zealand regions as the front that brought rain to the West Coast yesterday completely disintegrates over the upper North Island.


InfoGraphic: The weather details for Thursday and Good Friday

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Thursday and Good Friday will see high pressure crossing the country bringing mostly calm conditions to both main islands.

However a cold front which earlier in the week brought heavy rain to the West Coast is trapped under this high and is falling apart, delivering a lot of cloud to the North Island and a few showers and isolated downpours.


Weather Video: Easter Weekend Weather looks mainly settled - but not completely

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The long range forecast for the long weekend is looking pretty good - but it’s not perfect for all.

Generally speaking high pressure dominates for the four/five day weekend, especially in the North Island.


Cold front with heavy rain moving up NZ forecast to weaken over North Island (+4 Maps)

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A cold front is slowly grinding up the West Coast on Tuesday bringing heavy rain and blustery winds. A low pressure system in the Southern Ocean is generating the front while higher pressure in the north and east is slowing its movement northwards.

Tonight and into Wednesday this front moves into the the North Island and starts to decay.


Monday's weather pause before Tuesday's change (+3 maps)

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The working week before Easter Weekend sees a fairly settled Monday but a change arrives as soon as Tuesday, mostly for the South Island, thanks to a cold front and Southern Ocean low pressure system.

North Islanders will be mostly unaffected by this next cold front until Wednesday and Thursday when some rain slides up the western side of the island.


3 tropical storms surround Australia, a 4th possibly for Fiji & Tonga next week (+7 maps)

We're in the peak of the Southern Hemisphere cyclone season with three active tropical cyclones affecting the Australian area alone this week and more on the way for the zone north of New Zealand.


Intense downpour and thunderstorm risk this weekend but the front is quite thin (+4 Maps)

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A very narrow but intense area of weather lies just off the western coastline of Northland, Auckland and Waikato as of late Saturday morning and is very slowly tracking eastwards towards land. It will cross over the upper North Island over Saturday PM and then across Sunday.


Temperatures tumble today but soon start to lift (+2 Maps)

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A cold front and southerly has significantly cut temperatures back in the South Island today. Temperatures are markedly low because of the dominant southerly winds and the lack of daytime sunshine.

Maximum temperatures may struggle to even reach 10C in some areas. 

Parts of Canterbury will be over 8 degrees colder than average for mid March.


Showers for north eastern NZ, heavy rain for south western NZ (+4 Maps)

A well-marked cold front from the Southern Ocean lies over Fiordland, bringing persistent rainfall. Rainfall rates in Fiordland and southern Westland will be about 10-20mm/h Monday and into Tuesday morning,
increasing to 20-30mm/h by Tuesday afternoon and evening.


Weather Video: Autumn weather pattern kicks in, huge storm forming in the Southern Ocean

In true March style there is a lot going on around New Zealand weatherwise. Ex-cyclone Linda is now drifting towards northern New Zealand but not deliver any significant weather here other than a bit of cloud and maybe a shower or two in the north.