A ‘ho-hum’ high to kick off summer

December 2, 2013

Pushing across from the Tasman Sea, a large area of high pressure has brought a settled start to summer with plenty of blue sky across both Islands. After the spells of heavy rain, thunderstorms and gales of last week, this high pressure system is set to give a few days of calmer, sunnier and drier weather.

Although December 1st marks the start of the summer season, night-time temperatures have been cold for the time of year. Minimum temperatures Sunday night across the Central Plateau fell to a chilly 1C, while on the South Island similar temperatures were reported at Pukaki.

“The clear skies and light winds beneath the high help give us some very pleasant temperatures during the day, but with some cold air over us and without a blanket of cloud to keep in the daytime heating, the temperature just drops away overnight,” MetService Communications Meteorologist John Law explained.

The settled weather is short-lived, however, as a new system is set to bring cloudier and wetter weather to the far north later on Tuesday, spreading across the rest of the North Island during Wednesday and Thursday.

“There’s still a few days to go, but the forecast team are keeping an eye on this system moving in from the north, as it may bring some heavy rain at times for the likes of Northland and across to the Bay of Plenty, as well as for Nelson in the South Island,” Law advised .

The fine weather has arrived in time for the Westland and Chatham Islands anniversary day, with plenty of dry and sunny conditions forecast for both locations.

With Christmas on the distant horizon, the coming weeks will be chock-full of plans for barbeques and Santa parades. The coming weekend sees the return of windy westerlies, accompanied by cloud, rain or showers in the west and mostly fine weather in the east.

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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