GET MATTHEW / STUFF
While most of New Zealand woke up on a beautiful, sunny first spring day, a meteorologist said people should make the most of it, because it will not last long.
Almost everywhere in the country saw a clear sky and sunshine, minus some fog and clouds in the interior of the upper North Island and the west coast of the South Island, said Met Service meteorologist Andy Best.
But tomorrow morning there may be thunderstorms, snow, gusts, hail and heavy rain.
"The country looks very beautiful today," dear.
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"Clear skies, lots of beautiful spring sun.
"I even see the snow from the satellite images here [South Island] series and in the south.
"But even though it's fun today, everyone has to go out and make good use of it – the deterioration starts especially for the South Island, tomorrow and over Taranaki."
TOM LEE / STUFF
The best news is that a large weather system is developing on the Tasman Sea and that it will bring days of bad weather to the country.
"There will be a lot of snow to the south, especially north of Otago and Canterbury, and also to Southland and Fiordland", dear.
"A low-pressure system is expected to travel through the country, closer to Sunday and Monday, causing very cold, stormy gale winds on the east coast of the South Island."
He warned that the terrible weather would not hit the North Island immediately, "but they can get the sting of the tail on Tuesday, while that low rises up the east coast."
"The beginning of the week Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday looks pretty grim and cold for a large part of the North Island", dear.
"Tomorrow we have pretty heavy showers in the morning and some of them may be thunderstorms over the Taranaki area."
ANDY JACKSON / STUFF
Best of all, tomorrow afternoon, most of the west of the North Island will see heavy rain, small hail, thunderstorms and strong wings with gusts of wind of up to 90-110 kilometers per hour.
"It's a taste of spring," he said.
"Spring is that season, where we see that change from Winter to Summer and the seas are still pretty cold and we are gradually seeing the air temperatures warming up.
"It is that contrast in temperatures between the sea and the air that really causes this instability in the weather.
"So people should get the best today."