Cold, windy weather forecast for much of Aotearoa this weekend

A woman has difficulty holding an umbrella due to strong winds when it rains.

A woman has difficulty holding an umbrella due to strong winds when it rains.
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A cold front with strong southwesterly winds awaits much of New Zealand on Saturday and Sunday.

MetService meteorologist John Law said south-westerly winds would bring colder temperatures to many areas, rain in the south and strong winds, particularly in places such as Dunedin and Clutha.

The strongest winds are likely to be in eastern parts of Otago, where a severe gale warning was in force from 3pm on Saturday until 9am on Sunday.

Temperatures were forecast in the single digits in most places, except the top of the North Island, overnight on Friday.

Law said rain was forecast for Southland and Otago on Saturday, as well as the west of the North and South Islands, but drier weather was expected for the eastern side of both islands.

Wellington was forecast to have rain before dawn but then good weather on Saturday with a high of 13C, but in some places on the east coast, such as Napier, a high of 17C was forecast, he said.

Saturday would be a windy and rainy day in the south of the country, including Clutha and the Otago coast, he said.

Sunday’s weather would be similar with strong winds still in the south of the South Island, he said.

High surf warnings were issued for Wellington from Cape Terawhiti to Turakirae Head from 9am Sunday to 3pm Monday, with waves of up to 4.5m expected.

There was also a high surf warning for Wairarapa from Turakirae Head to Mataikona from 6am Sunday to midnight Monday with waves of up to 5.5m predicted.