Chilly weather plus rain and wind forecast across NZ this weekend

After a drop in temperatures this week, Metservice is predicting a generally calm, fine weather pattern until tomorrow when another cold front is expected to bring more rain and wind across the country.

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The second half of the school holidays will bring good news for snow-goers as ski fields are set to get a small dump of fresh snow tomorrow night.

For the far south of the South island, a complex trough is due to move across the region tonight, moving further north tomorrow, creeping up into the lower North Island by Monday.

Rain is expected in many areas, bringing with it strong northwesterlies followed by cold southerlies.

A heavy rain warning is in force for Westland south of Otira until 7pm this evening. A heavy rain watch is also in place until midnight tonight for northern Fiordland, northern Westland, Buller and the Tararua Range.

Metservice forecasts a strong wind watch from 5pm tomorrow until 4am Monday for Canterbury High Country, the Kaikoura Ranges, theMarlborough Sounds, Wellington, Wairarapa and Hawkes Bay south of Hastings.

Tuesday is expected to bring mostly fine weather for the country except for a few showers in Southland.

Rain is set to develop on Wednesday for the top of the North Island with mostly fine weather elsewhere apart from isolated showers in the Bay of Plenty and South Island.

Light snowfall showers are forecast for overnight Sunday into the early hours of Monday for Lewis, Arthur’s and Porters Pass with some snow showers possible tomorrow on the Crown Range and Miford Road as well as SH1 Dunedin to Waitati.