Summer weather set to return by weekend, but not before storms hit South Island

Summer weather set to return by weekend, but not before storms hit South Island
Photo credit: Metservice.

Cold weather and rain has hit New Zealand this week in a bout of below-average temperatures.

Weather Watch says Southland, Otago and the West Coast were colder than normal on Monday, and another cold snap is set to hit on Thursday.

But the below-average weather has not marked the end of the country's summer sun yet, with next week's temperatures forecast to climb back up.

Metservice has issued a severe weather warning for parts of the lower South Island, and this could turn into thunderstorms on Wednesday as a front rolls in.

Metservice meteorologist Mark Bowe says the western South Island will bear the brunt of heavy rain but "most eastern areas of the South Island will see some wet weather on Wednesday".

The lower South Island will notice temperatures take a sudden dip on Thursday as air from the far south moves up, with Fiordland getting a dusting of snow above 1400 metres.

Mr Bowe said there's the chance of odd showers in central New Zealand on Thursday, but rain should have mostly cleared by then.

For those in Auckland who have Monday off for Anniversary Day, the weather looks as though it will pull through.

A high is expected to push in across both islands by Monday.

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