Archive for September, 2014

Low from the north and cold from the south

September 29, 2014

This week the best of the weather is at the start of the week, before another cold blustery southerly pushes through at the end of the week.

“This week we are watching how several complex systems move across the country,” MetService Meteorologist John Law said. “Each of these will bring periods of cloudier weather and some wetter spells, especially across the north-east of the country. The good news is that the way these weather systems are set to move through, everyone should get to enjoy at least some sunnier weather at times this week.”

For the North Island, a sub-tropical area of low pressure brushes past the east on Tuesday and Wednesday, bringing cloud and rain for eastern coastal areas. By Thursday the first low will have cleared, but another feature moves in from the Tasman Sea bringing the rain to the west.

As the low moves by the east, it is likely to bring with it some large swells for the North Island’s eastern coastline, especially Gisborne, Hawke’s Bay and Coromandel. For the latest coastal forecasts check out the Marine and Surf section on or download the free MetService Marine app sponsored by Maritime New Zealand.

The South Island enjoys a great start to the week, with high pressure bringing plenty of clear sky and sunshine for most through until Thursday. A weakening southerly introduces some colder air across the South Island by Friday, but the wettest weather stays confined to the West Coast.

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