Weather: Drier than usual conditions predicted to change quickly

Winter is less than two weeks away and for many New Zealanders jackets and scarves are yet to make an appearance.

Much of the country has experienced mild autumn temperatures with little to no snow on the mountains.

Auckland, Christchurch, Westport and Queenstown have all been drier and sunnier on average for the year.  

"That's mainly due to the high pressure systems that have been prevalent over the country, so we've had some cold snaps, but generally it has been warmer than average for this time of year," Lisa Murray, a forecaster for Metservice, told Newshub.

Farmers have welcomed the warm trend with open arms.

"We like it, the stock like it and, particularly coming in this time of year, it's terrific weather for us," dairy farmer Clyde McIntosh said.

However, it was a different story on this day in 2018 with heavy snow falling across the South Island, causing trouble for many motorists.

While 2019 is yet to bring that kind of cold weather, the MetService is forecasting a quick change.

"As we head into winter now, certainly the second week of June, temperatures [will be] going back to normal, and we're getting into this pattern where we will  possibly see some more snow," Murray said.

In the meantime, Christchurch continues to clock up the sunshine with 50 hours more than the average year alongside 80 mls less rain.