Wet Thursday leaves on a high

December 5, 2013

A wet Thursday for parts of New Zealand will give way to a more settled Friday in store, as a short-lived ridge of high pressure manoeuvres over the country. The ridge is only a narrow feature however; waiting in the wings is another area of rain set to sweep across the country from the Tasman Sea over the weekend.

The return of westerlies for Saturday means it is the West Coast that will bear the brunt of the next weather system, with some heavy rainfall forecast for the higher ground of Westland and Buller. The spine of the South Island acts a barrier to the rain, leaving the likes of Canterbury dry and fine, albeit with a gusty northwesterly wind. Although the wettest weather will be in the west of the country, strengthening winds will be a key player for the eastern side of New Zealand through the weekend.

For the North Island the rain moves quickly across the island early on Saturday to leave a mix of fine spells and a few showers.

“The eastern coast of the North Island is set for the best of the weather this weekend with plenty of fine, dry and sunny conditions for the likes of Hawke’s Bay and Gisborne. Elsewhere there will still be some sunny spells but also a few showers to keep track of,” commented MetService meteorologist John Law.

Heading into next week, another large area of high pressure builds across New Zealand from the Tasman Sea and brings a more settled start for Monday.

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 Meteorologist 04 4700 754

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