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.
It could be time to unfurl the brolly and dig out the
raincoat from the back of the wardrobe as rain looks set to
hit much of the country this weekend.
Winemakers, wedding celebrants and outdoor enthusiasts are
rushing to rearrange plans for the weekend, with the remnants
of Tropical Cyclone Lusi expected to bear down on the upper
The remnants of Tropical Cyclone Lusi are on track to hit New
Zealand this weekend, forecasters say, with the North Island
likely to bear the brunt of the storm.
An increasing trend
towards more westerly weather patterns along Otago's coast
does not bode well for future warm summers, climate scientist
Jim Salinger says.
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