A significant weather system is sweeping through central and southern New Zealand, bringing heavy rain, strong winds, and even snow to parts of the r
A significant weather system is sweeping through central and southern New Zealand, bringing heavy rain, strong winds, and even snow to parts of the region. An active front moving northwards from the Tasman Sea is responsible for these weather conditions. Heavy rain warnings are in place for Buller, Westland, and the headwaters of Canterbury lakes and rivers, while strong wind warnings affect Wairarapa, Wellington, the Marlborough Sounds, and Canterbury High Country. Furthermore, snowfall is expected in several areas, including Fiordland, Southland, Clutha, Dunedin, Central Otago, and the Southern Lakes.
Ahead of the front, some places in the North Island, such as Napier and Hastings, are experiencing warm temperatures. However, as the front passes through, there will be a significant drop in temperature, bringing colder conditions. Road safety authorities are urging caution, particularly as snow may fall at or near sea level in places like Otago and Southland. A significant temperature drop is expected in Dunedin, with a maximum of 21°C before the front and only 8-9°C after the front, with an overnight low of 3°C. In addition to the weather front, New Zealand’s meteorological service, MetService, is monitoring the remnants of Cyclone Lola, which could interact with the cold air mass, potentially reinvigorating the storm’s energy. This could bring additional weather challenges to parts of the country in the coming days.