Holiday weekend: the weather slowly quietens down

October 25, 2013

The active spring trough will gradually shift to the north and east of New Zealand at the beginning of the holiday weekend to make way for some quieter, and less active weather but there will still be some wet conditions around.

MetService Media and Communications Meteorologist Daniel Corbett commented, “The blustery westerly wind flow across the country will bring cloud and showers, especially to western parts of the South Island. Eastern areas are likely to be drier and milder but a trough moving over the country late Saturday, and Sunday will put most places at risk of some wet weather.”

The temperatures will be quite mild in eastern areas but noticeably cool in the far south of the South Island, where there could even be some late season snow to quite low levels.

Here is a quick breakdown of the holiday weekend weather:

North Island
On Saturday it will be mainly fine with perhaps a few showers in the north and west. On Sunday, there will be a period of rain or showers in most areas which should clear the lower North Island by afternoon. On Labour Day Monday, skies are mostly clear, apart from cloud and a few lingering showers along western shores from Taranaki northwards.

Main centres

Saturday Long fine spells. Westerly breezes. 19/11
Sunday Cloudy periods, showers from afternoon. Westerlies. 19/11
Monday Few morning showers, then fine. Southwest breezes. 17/8

Saturday Becoming cloudy, some rain later. Strengthening northerly.16/11
Sunday Rain clearing by the afternoon. Strong gusty northerly. 15/7
Monday Mainly fine. Northerlies abating. 14/9

South Island
On Saturday expect heavy thundery rain in the west. Mainly fine elsewhere but a few showers are also possible in the far north and south. On Sunday, there will be rain on the West Coast and wintry showers likely in the south, with snow to quite low levels. It will be fine, or becoming fine elsewhere. On Labour Day Monday, isolated showers linger in Buller, Fiordland and coastal Southland, fine and sunny elsewhere after a frosty start.

Saturday Increasing high cloud. Strong gusty northwesterlies. 19/8
Sunday High cloud clearing later and northwesterlies dying. 15/2
Monday Mainly fine. Northeasterlies developing. 16/2

Saturday Increasing high cloud, gusty northwesterly dying out 18/6
Sunday Fine spells and a few wintry showers, southwesterlies 12/4
Monday Becoming fine early morning, winds tending northwest. 15/7

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Daniel Corbett Media and Communications Meteorologist (04)4700 754

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