Cold, wet weather a sign summer might be finishing early

NZ 27/02/2018

New Zealanders face an early end to summer as autumn starts to sink its claws into the country.

A cold front is moving up New Zealand, bringing with it cloud, drizzle, showers and patchy rain.

While this summer has officially been the hottest on record, temperatures have already started to plummet - leading to chilly nights and cold mornings.

Weather Watch says while colder temperatures start to set in across the nation, a "changeable" forecast over the next week means there's likely to be some heat too.

"[There will be] hints of Autumn for some regions but still hot and even into the 30s for others," it says.

"Temperatures turning significantly cooler in the eastern side of the South Island due to southerly winds. Max temperature in Christchurch is around 17C today and tomorrow but will feel cooler in the wind."

Autumn's wet weather has struck early for the South Island, with parts of Westland, Canterbury, Otago and Fiordland soaked by rain on Sunday.