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Cool change could precede snow

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 4/05/2016 Cleo Fraser

Queenstown © Facebook Queenstown New Zealand's mild autumn is about to be hit by a cool blast which could mean snow is on the way, a forecaster says.

Weather Watch forecaster Philip Duncan says temperatures have been well above average across the country, including at ski fields on both islands where there is little to no snow.

The mercury isn't expected to dip below freezing at Whakapapa this week where it will reach 16C on Friday.

Ski fields around Queenstown are also forecast to experience warm days - up to 17C - and above average temperatures overnight.

"The warmer than average weather is being caused by large highs to our north east,"said Mr Duncan, adding that air pressure systems were blocking the cooler air from getting to New Zealand.

He expects the sub-tropical air across the country will be gone by next Tuesday.

"After this we see a far more autumn-like weather pattern which is dominated by windier westerlies.

"While this directly doesn't make snow it does make it much easier for southerlies to move in - bringing potential snow."

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