A change in the weather this week

April 2, 2013

It was a very warm Easter weekend across much of the county, with temperatures reaching 30C in parts of Hawke’s Bay and Gisborne. Temperatures around the South Island were also high for the time of year, with Invercargill recording a maximum of 27C on Saturday, the warmest day of the month there.

As well as the warm weather, rain also made an appearance for parts of the country; “Last week New Zealand remained beneath an area of high pressure but during the weekend, a front pushed across the country from the Tasman Sea bringing as much as 100mm of rain to some of the higher parts of Westland,” said MetService Communications Meteorologist John Law.

“It is a similar story this week, with fronts expected to move eastwards across the country, bringing some more significant amounts of rain. Although once again it looks like the heaviest will be seen on the West Coast, some of the rain is expected to move onto the North Island overnight Wednesday into Thursday “commented Law. Modest falls are likely in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch during the middle of the week.

The end of the week also marks a change in temperature with a move to more autumnal southerly winds, bringing temperatures back down to average for the time of year. Forecasts for the likes of Invercargill and Dunedin later this week, suggest daytime temperatures are expected to struggle into the low teens, while night-time temperatures drop back down into single figures.

“It is going to feel much cooler as we head into this weekend, especially when compared to the really warm temperatures we saw over the long Easter holiday,” Law said.

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For further information please contact:
John Law Communications Meteorlogist (04) 4700754

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