Schools Out

September 30, 2013

It’s the first week of the school holidays for many, and for much of New Zealand the weather looks as though it’ll play fair for the week. Although an area of low pressure and some thunderstorms are set to start things off for the North Island, by Tuesday this system should pull away to the east as high pressure builds across from the Tasman Sea.

With a large area of high pressure set to linger over the north of the country, the weather will settle down for many with plenty of dry, fine conditions and also some warm temperatures.

“Temperatures over the North Island are forecast to climb into the high teens and low twenties by the middle of the week,” commented MetService Communications Meteorologist John Law.

“High pressure builds across the North Island for Tuesday, bringing fine weather for much of the country,” added Law.

“Although there is some fine, warm weather in store for the east of the South Island, there will be some very wet weather pushing into the west – so it is worth keeping an eye on the forecasts and warnings through the week.”

Unfortunately the South Island loses the influence of the high pressure by midweek as a strengthening northwest flow develops. With a moist feed of air pushing onto the West Coast, there could be some heavy rainfall for Westland and Buller for the second half of the week. Although some of the rain will push across to the Southern Alps, rainfall for the likes of Canterbury and Otago will be patchy and accompanied by some very warm temperatures.

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:
John Law Communications Meteorologist (04)4700 754

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