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Westerlies for the weekend

Spring is in the air. Photo: Daniel Hines/SunLive.

Spring is in full swing, having already delivered a smorgasbord of weather over the course of this week.

After a fine and frosty finish to the working week, MetService is forecasting warm and wet westerlies for the weekend.

The cold southerly outbreak experienced over the last few days settled widespread low snow across Canterbury and Otago. Is this unusual for the start of the season?

MetService meteorologist Tahlia Crabtree says spring snow isn’t uncommon, but after the warm winter we’ve had, this event definitely made an impact.

“We had reports of snow falling to 100m in parts of Canterbury.”

Many across the country felt the chill this morning thanks to the cold southerlies.

The upper North Island is expected to be even colder tomorrow morning, with minimums falling as low as 3°C across Northland and Auckland.

The northern centres – Tauranga, Hamilton, Northland, and Auckland – will see a return to warmer temperatures and some sunshine on Friday and Saturday.

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