Another polar blast approaching

More snow could be on the cards for parts of the country this coming week. Photo: Cameron Avery.

After a torrid time this past week, the weather has briefly settled down.

Most of New Zealand enjoyed a fine Saturday, and that fine weather has continued over the North Island on Sunday, allowing thousands to hit the ski fields and enjoy the fresh snow.

The weather is currently a bit of a mixed bag heading into the second week of the school holidays.

A weak front, currently over the South Island moves up onto the North Island on Monday, accompanied by a period of rain. It is joined by a shallow low pressure system coming from the northern Tasman Sea on Tuesday. At the same time the South Island stays mostly fine.

However, the end of the week is looking rough everywhere, with another cold southerly outbreak expected to spread across the country on Thursday and Friday.

“It's nowhere near as bad a last week's storm,” says MetService forecaster Cameron Coutts, “but it will still bring rain and strong southerly winds to much of the country, and snow down to 400 or 500 metres over southern and eastern parts of the South Island.

“More good news for skiers, and not so good for the rest of us. But it is winter.”


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