A brisk to strong northwesterly airflow lies over the South Island and parts of the lower North Island yet again tonight, mainly dry and clear out east with showers or rain in the west. Most other parts of the North Island area settled with a slight ridge spreading out from an anticyclone to the northeast bringing calm conditions.
More trees have been brought down on houses across Tasmania as wild weather continues to lash the state.
The weather bureau has warned rough conditions seen in Tasmania this week will continue today.
It will be the fourth day of wild weather that has seen major electricity cuts and extensive damage to homes and property.
Stratford Mountain Club hosted the annual Secondary, Intermediate and Primary Schools Ski & Snowboard championships last week with blue skies and sunshine on both days. The event involves a 400m downhill slalom race and is open to both skiers and snowboarders.
Chances are if it's significantly warmer than average in the 'middle of winter', something is about to happen. While not high up on the severity level, this weekend does see a belt of gales and heavy rain slowly working its way northwards.
Strong northwesterlies for the South Island and parts of the lower North Island today, dry for eastern regions and warm. The West Coast of the South Island is mostly cloudy with rain or showers. Western parts of the North Island are mainly dry although Taranaki and Kapiti may see the odd shower.
Strong northwesterlies lie over the South Island and lower parts of the North Island tonight, expect a risk of gales about eastern regions in the South Island and Cook Strait however easing a little overnight. Conditions are dry out east for most with some high cloud, rain or showers in the west south of Taranaki.
West to north west winds will build this week as our early start to spring moves in.
Temperatures will surge into the late teens, even 20 degrees under the windier set up.
By Sunday and Monday a cold change moves in, but next week is looking similar to this week – mild and windy.
Homes have been inundated by flash flooding in northern Tasmania just hours after the north-west was pounded by severe winds that left a trail of destruction and caused widespread power cuts.
The State Emergency Service (SES) has confirmed houses have been flooded at Windermere, Lilydale and Gravelly Beach near Launceston.
Early Spring conditions are creeping in to more and more parts of the country, from Queenstown to Auckland, and windier weather coming over the next few days will speed spring up even further, with temperatures surging up to 20 degrees.
A belt of strong westerlies will surge up across the South Island today - and for the rest of the week.
Expect strong northwesterlies over the South Island today, a risk of gales for some in the east especially Canterbury this afternoon / evening. Temperatures will be above average for most today especially in the east of New Zealand and many North Island areas.