Autumn is making itself known in south and central New
Zealand with cold, stormy weather, and even snow flurries
predicted in some places.
A deep and slow-moving area of low pressure to the east of
New Zealand was bringing cold, windy and wet weather from
Otago to Wairarapa, MetService said.
Severe weather warnings have been issued for southwest gales,
heavy rain and thunderstorms.
Strong winds in Wellington today caused power outages, with
power cut to 6500 households in Johnsonville during bad
weather this afternoon. Electricity was restored just after
The coldest weather is due tonight and tomorrow, with
temperatures in the Mackenzie Country likely to fall to
0degC, with snow flurries down to 900 metres in parts of
Otago and Southland.
Strong southerlies will bring extra chill to the east coast
of the South Island and the south of the North Island.
"The winds will be strongest about exposed coastal locations
from the Otago Peninsula up to the Wairarapa coast during
Tuesday and into Wednesday," MetService meteorologist John
"The combination of the howling winds and cold air is going
to bring a noticeable wind chill."
Rainfall was expected in southern and eastern parts of the
country, but the northern areas which had very low rainfall
in February were unlikely to see much of it.
The best chance of rain from Waikato to Northland was bands
of showers moving across today, MetService said.
Duty forecaster Leigh Matheson said conditions would be more
benign in the north, but temperatures would drop and a fresh
southwesterly would make it feel colder still.
"It will feel cooler than it's been just because it's not as
humid, and it's a bit breezy."
Main centres for Tuesday
- Auckland: High of 20C, fine spells and showers, fresh
- Hamilton: High of 21C, fine spells and showers, fresh
- Wellington: Afternoon showers, some heavy, gales gusting to
100km/h. High of 17C.
- Christchurch: Heavy rain, southwesterlies gusting to
130km/h, high of 14C.
- Dunedin: Showers, southwesterlies gusting to 120km/h, high
- By Heather McCracken of APNZ