Sting in the tail of warm winter
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It's been one of the warmest winters in some time, but the season is not about to let us move to spring without one final bite.
According to MetService, the past three months have been "unseasonably warm".
Meteorologist Daniel Corbett said the mean average temperatures have been at least a degree warmer in many parts of New Zealand, compared with this time last year.
"We have had a few weak fronts, but largely it's been anticyclones and fronts coming in from the north and west, which are typically warmer than the south and east fronts we're used to at this time of the year."
Corbett said the last "real southerly" New Zealand felt was mid July.
"But in lower parts of the North Island we've been hitting averages of 15 and 16 degrees Celsius, and even further north they've been hitting 20C reasonably consistently in some places."
Mean temperatures for the lower North Island hovered around 10C or 11C - one or two degrees warmer than was experienced this time last year.
But "Mother Nature still has one final trick in her bag", before spring, Corbett said.
A "disturbed westerly flow" was due to bring in showers about western areas and snow for lower parts of the South Island and possibly the Central Plateau.
MetService said a trough followed by colder southerlies was expected to move over the South Island later on Wednesday, then over the North Island on Thursday, bringing snow to low levels in the south east of the South Island and about the top of the Desert Road.
Despite this, the weather in most places was expected to be a bit drizzly, and a few degrees colder, while still "relatively mild", Corbett said.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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