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Wet, windy, cold start to the school holidays

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Put the uniforms away, but get out the umbrellas and winter coats and brace yourself for a cold start to the school holidays.

From severe frosts in the south to severe storms and rain in the north, no one in New Zealand seems to be spared the wet and wild winter.

Severe frost was predicted in the interior on the South Island, with temperatures between -5°C and -12°C.

MetService says snow showers tomorrow will affect Crown Range Road, which connects Queenstown and Wanaka, and state highways Milford Road in Southland and Lindis Pass in Canterbury.

Crown Range Road: From 3pm to 7pm, expect 1 or 2cm of snow to fall on the road above 700m during this time.

Milford Road (SH94): From 2:00 PM to 7:00 PM, rain near the tunnel is expected to turn to snow for a time from tomorrow afternoon to early evening. Please allow 1 or 2 cm of snow on the road near the tunnel.

Lindis Pass (SH8): From 4pm to 8pm, expect 1 or 2cm of snow to fall on the road above 700m during this time.

On Wednesday, the developing northwesterly directions would bring heavy rainfall for Fiordland, which could move north along the west coast during Thursday.

A second ridge is expected on the South Island from the Tasman Sea on Thursday.

NORTH ISLAND

In the North Island, a high-pressure area is expanding across the country, WeatherWatch says, and the upper North Island has low pressure pulling in with a windswept “squash zone” of air pressure that creates storms, especially in coastal areas to the north and northeast.

Tomorrow would be the key day for windy weather in the North Island, particularly in eastern Northland and northern Auckland along the eastern coastline.

Wind gusts and storms will move on to East Cape, Gisborne and the eastern Bay of Plenty later in the day.

MetService forecaster Aidan Pyselman said Gisborne and other parts of the North Island can expect rain tomorrow and Tuesday.

– NZ Herald and ODT online

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