Gale-force winds and gusts of 130km/h are already battering
the northern North Island this morning, as forecasters warn
the region to batten down the hatches.
Ski bunnies around the country welcomed yesterday's cold
snap, and the snowfall that came with it.
Parts of Northland and Auckland have received a month's worth
of rain since Sunday, and more is expected to fall tonight.
Heavy rain warnings are in place for Auckland and other parts
of the country tonight, but flood-vulnerable Christchurch is
expected to escape the worst of the weather.
Middlemarch had the dubious honour of recording New Zealand's
lowest autumn temperature of -7.4degC on the second to last
day of the season.
Predicted heavy rain and snow is closing roads and forcing
flight cancellations as a wintry blast continues to hammer
Brace yourselves - snow is coming. Residents across Otago and
Southland would be wise to stock up on firewood, dust off
their winter woollies and have hot-water bottles at the
A southerly change is set to hit the country over the weekend
which could drop temperatures by nearly 10C in some centres,
compared to last weekend.
Heavy rain and high winds look set to batter parts of New
Zealand later today, and the weather is forecast to worsen as
the week wears on.
Farmers are being cautioned to prepare contingency plans amid
early signs of a large El Nino climate event this year.
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