A sunny Otago Christmas Day is predicted. The MetService is forecasting a fine day for the region, with temperatures ranging from 23degC in Dunedin and 27degC at the airport, to 28degC in Queenstown and 30degC in Wanaka.
Dunedin's run of tropical summer weather will take a brief dip today as a southerly passes through.
Three people have been killed and seven injured during a storm, including a tornado, that hit Auckland today, with another tornado hitting near Rotorua later this afternoon.
Spring may be here but snow and sleet is on the way for the South, forecasters have warned.
Heavy rain is on the way for much of the country today, while the Canterbury high country is set to get a big dump of snow.
Heavy snow is predicted to hit inland Otago tomorrow and snow showers are expected on the coast as part of what MetService is describing as a "significant event".
The long weekend has come to a cold and blustery end for many as snow fell in Canterbury, a tornado ripped through a small West Coast town and a cold snap moved up the country.
MetService has issued a severe weather warning for Westland, Buller, Nelson, Canterbury, Fiordland and Wellington.
Dunedin was the coolest and cloudiest of New Zealand's six main centres last month.
The umbrellas will be out again - but this time they'll be the beach kind, according to a bright summer weather outlook predicting the opposite of dismal conditions that doused holiday plans last year.
Blustery winds will blast Auckland and most of the North Island this afternoon along with another band of rain, forecasters say.
Debris and rocks as large as small cars have blocked the Milford Rd following a major landslide overnight Friday at an section known as "Red Slip".
An unusually cold southwesterly flow for October is expected to hit Otago today bringing rain, gusty winds and occasional snow showers.
Otago experienced the highs and lows of spring weather during September.
"The Southern Ocean's strong westerly winds will dominate NZ's weather this week bringing more west to south west winds and cooler weather for many main centres".
Nelson residents are being told to prepare for a downpour with a severe weather warning in place in northwest parts of the region.
Commuters across the country had to scrape ice from their car windows this morning as frosts blanketed much of New Zealand.
Strong winds have made their impact felt across the South, cutting power, downing lines and prompting skifield closures.
Wild wind on Wednesday cut electricity to 1400 customers in Southland and Otago and closed roads and skifields.
A severe weather warning has been issued for the north and west coast of the South Island as heavy rain lashes the regions today and tomorrow.