Autumn arrives

April 8, 2013

A cooler and showery southwesterly flow looks set to bring a more autumnal feel to this week’s weather across New Zealand.

“A large area of high pressure sits to the west of us, centred over the southern Tasman Sea, while to our east an area of low pressure sinks southwards away from the Chatham Islands leaving us in a cooler southwest feed of air,” MetService communications meteorologist John Law said.

“A series of troughs in this flow are set to move northwards across the country, bringing a scattering of showers. However, as we head towards the middle of the week the high pressure is set to push onto the country bringing further settled weather.”

The winds from the south have already brought some cooler temperatures to start the week. Early morning temperatures at Taupo fell to just below freezing while in the south, Dunedin airport recorded a minimum of 0.6C.

“During this week, temperatures are likely to reach highs of around 20C for Auckland and Hamilton while in the south, temperatures are likely to be in the mid to high teens,” Law explained.

The longer range forecasts are hinting at a developing area of low pressure east of Queensland moving toward New Zealand into the start of next week. Although a little too far into the future to be precise, it might bring some much needed rainfall to the North Island as well as the western coast of the South Island.

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John Law Communications Meteorologist (04)4700 754

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