Temperatures plummet as southerly hits

It's another chilly morning in the Bay of Plenty today. Photo: Daniel Hines/SunLive.

A southerly is racing up New Zealand, bringing wintry weather with it.

Temperatures were around three degrees in the Bay of Plenty this morning, with a high of 12 expected.

An overnight low of three is forecast for tonight.

WeatherWatch.co.nz says the colder change will bring snow to the mountains in the South Island, along with more heavy rain to the deep south.

"The rain will actually be a net positive for the Southland and Otago regions, boosting soil moisture levels (which have been below normal lately) and giving a nice big dusting of snow to the ski fields.

"As WeatherWatch.co.nz forecast last month, more rain relief is also coming to Auckland's water storage dams."

In the Central North Island, snow showers are expected this morning about and south of the summit.

Between 6am and midday Thursday, a further 1 to 2cm may accumulate above 600 metres with lesser amounts to 400 metres.

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