More snow and rain coming for NZ but the worst may be behind us now (+4 Maps)

Wednesday is the coldest day of the week for the North Island with the southerly flow firmly blowing across the day. It's a similar story in the South Island with hail showers and cold winds although conditions are easing back a little today in southern half of the island.

As we head into Thursday two things happen:

Update: Colder change moving into northern NZ with gales peaking tonight/overnight

UPDATED 9:06pm --- Colder air continues to move northwards this evening as the centre of the low causing the extra winds makes landfall in the western Waikato / South Auckland area. The public rain radar shows the centre moving in as of now/mid evening.

Tropical Cyclone Keni now Severe Category 3 storm, will merge with NZ low (+6 Maps)

Fiji is dealing with the wind and rain from Tropical Cyclone KENI this afternoon as it is upgraded this afternoon to a "severe" Category 3 tropical storm and is now as close to Fiji's main island as it will get.

Settled Sunday, but heavy rain for some on Monday (+Rainfall maps)

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It is a mostly sunny Easter Sunday across New Zealand with light winds under the influence of a high pressure. It is dry across the country after overnight showers.

On Monday the high pressure belt shifts eastward and southern parts of the country will be affected by a
trough coming from the west on Monday.

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.