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.
Cyclone Ita may have blown out of steam but the long weekend
is set to stay wet or showery for large parts of the country
The Easter Bunny may need to forgo the garden this weekend
and hide its eggs inside the house, as wet weather settles in
over much of the country.
Dunedin was the coolest and cloudiest of New Zealand's main
centres for March, while Christchurch was the wettest.
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