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Weather Workshop: 5 day forecast for NZ

The long range forecast from Weather Workshop for all of
New Zealand to midnight Wednesday.

Situation: A shallow depression with associated frontal cloud
is crossing northern New Zealand today. At the same time a cold
front is moving northeast over remaining North Island areas as
a ridge of high pressure spreads onto the South Island. The
ridge should work further north tomorrow. From Monday onwards
a large intense anticyclone is expected to gradually approach
from the Tasman Sea to be centred over the country by Wednesday.

NORTHLAND, AUCKLAND, COROMANDEL PENINSULA, BAY of PLENTY/ROTORUA,
WAIKATO, WAITOMO, TAUMARANUI, TARANAKI, TAIHAPE,TAUPO, WANGANUI
and MANAWATU: Some rain or showers in most places today. Snow is
possible tonight about the central plateau which may affect the
Desert Road. Becoming fine from the south during tomorrow.
Continuing mostly fine after that with overnight frosts south
of about Auckland. Expect a few for patches also, especially in
Waikato. A few cloudy areas likely from Northland to Coromandel
Peninsula from Tuesday onwards.

GISBORNE, HAWKES BAY and WAIRARAPA: Cloudy today with a few
showers then clearing from the south during tomorrow. Mainly
fine Monday to Wednesday with overnight frosts.

WELLINGTON: A few brief showers today with cold southerlies.
Fine periods increasing overnight and becoming fine and frosty
tomorrow. Mainly fine weather continuing for the rest of the
period. Winds mostly light.

NELSON: Showers and cloud clearing later today then fine and
frosty for remaining days with light winds.

MARLBOROUGH and CANTERBURY: Occasional rain easing to a few
coastal showers by this evening. Some snow to 500 metres at
first. A clearance working north overnight then fine and
frosty tomorrow. Monday onwards sees generally fine conditions
with overnight frosts. Also a few foggy areas expected.

BULLER, WESTLAND and FIORDLAND: Remaining showers clearing
from Buller today elsewhere fine and frosty. Tomorrow fine in
most places but about the fiords cloudy periods likely with
the odd light shower in the far south. Mainly fine everywhere
Monday and Tuesday. Cloud increasing south of the glaciers
Wednesday otherwise continuing dry.

OTAGO and SOUTHLAND: Showers becoming confined to the coast
today with fine very cold weather inland. Severe frosts there
overnight. Tomorrow sees coastal cloud with the odd light shower
in the south otherwise continuing fine and frosty. On Monday and
Tuesday fine everywhere. Cloudy periods Wednesday but dry.

CHATHAM ISLANDS: Cold and showery with southwesterlies for much
of the period.

END

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