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Antarctic blast on the way

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 16/05/2017

A southerly blast will hit the country from Thursday.

WeatherWatch is reporting that rain and wind will be commonplace Wednesday night and into Thursday for many parts of New Zealand.

In the early hours of Thursday the low pressure will weaken, but not before bad weather has struck the Hawke's Bay and Wairarapa regions.

On Thursday afternoon, the polar blast is expected to strike, plunging temperatures in the South Island downwards, before moving up the country.

On Friday and into the weekend, snow may fall in Queenstown and Dunedin and cold, sleety conditions are expected in Southland and Otago.

There could also be snow showers in the Rimutaka Ranges and Desert Road.

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