Stormy weather brings gales and bitterly cold temperatures across New Zealand

Parts of New Zealand will be battered by strong winds and freezing winter temperatures over the coming week.

Metservice has issued a severe weather warning for coastal Clutha, Southland and the Canterbury High Country due to gale force winds.

Severe gales over 100 kilometres per hour are expected across the South Island throughout Wednesday.

Other areas, such as Hawkes Bay and Malborough are under a severe weather watch. 

Metservice advises people to be aware of forecasts, in case the conditions worsen.

Northern New Zealand is the least affected by the wintery blast. Auckland may be a little blustery, but no serious weather is forecast.

Alongside the powerful winds, a cold front is sweeping across the South Island, bringing frigid temperatures with it.

Thursday and Sunday look to be the coldest days.

Dunedin, Invercargill, Queenstown and Alexandra can look forward to highs of 7 degrees, as well as gale force winds across some areas, reports Weather Watch.

Day time temperatures across Southland and Otago won't pass single digits.