Weather patterns set to get messy

By Abby Gillies

Mixed weather is expected in much of the country this week with people being told to prepare for wind and rain to hit - as well as occasional warm conditions.

Gusts in parts of the country started to pick up yesterday in southern parts of the North and South Island, exceeding 100km/h in some areas in the past 12 hours.

Temperatures during the weekend were also unusual for this time of year, reaching near record highs in some places, said

"The weekend saw a taste of summer returning for many places and yesterday three quarters of the country were in the 20s, which is a rare occurrence for the time of year".

The west to northwest flow was expected to continue this week, delivering more warm weather, said Weatherwatch weather analyst Richard Green.

The warm weekend followed one of the wettest weekends of the year, with cold temperatures across Canterbury, Otago and Southland.

However, a cooler front was likely to move in later today as a south to southwest flow rolls in, bringing thundery downpours over parts of Fiordland and Westland, and cold, showery conditions in Otago and Southland.


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