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Cold weather spreads across the country

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Kiwis can expect “colder than average” weather today as a significant south to south-west flow travels over the country.

"We have a peak cold today across New Zealand and a colder night tonight," says WeatherWatch.co.nz

“Winds are also peaking today and while another surge of gales is currently spreading over various regions they also ease back as we head into Wednesday.”

The cold conditions is thanks to a significant south to south-west flow from Antarctica and the Southern Ocean.

On Wednesday, a deep low pressure near the Chatham Islands will keep parts of NZ windy - in particular eastern coastal areas.

“For those who like a beach walk in your local area please keep in mind waves will be bigger and randomly go further up the beach so take extreme care if taking a local stroll over the next few days - in many coastal areas.”

Conditions should ease back on Thursday for many parts of the country, with warmer days and lighter winds.

“But another low this weekend will encourage more windy weather to return up the country as it brushes by Southland.”

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