Westerlies to return this week

April 22, 2013

For northern and central parts of the country, today is the last day of warm moist northerlies. The complex low over the Tasman Sea, which has influenced New Zealand’s weather over the last few days, is expected to cross to the east of the South Island during Tuesday and Wednesday. This allows a westerly flow to spread onto the country and calm the thunderstorm situation down a bit.

MetService Media and Communications Meteorologist Daniel Corbett commented,”During the next couple of days, showers will retreat to western areas of both islands – and become lighter and much less frequent over the west of the North Island. Eastern areas from Gisborne to Canterbury should clear completely during Tuesday.”

“The westerlies bring with them cloudy skies and showery periods for the West Coast of the South Island,” Corbett went on to say. “Winds around central New Zealand are likely to be strong at times from Tuesday. In western areas of both islands, it should feel cooler and less humid, too.” Anzac Day will be breezy and cool with a few showers mainly for western areas. Eastern areas will be mostly dry.

Keep up to date with the latest forecasts and any watches/warnings at metservice.com or on mobile devices at m.metservice.com. You can also follow our updates on MetService TV, @metservice on Twitter and at blog.metservice.com.

For further information please contact:
Daniel Corbett Media and Communications Meteorologist (04)4700 754

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