Brief change then settled again

February 9, 2015

A southwesterly change for the country today brings showers and a sharp drop in temperatures for many areas, but more settled weather returns from Tuesday as high pressure builds from the west.

“A cold front brought temperature drops of 10C within the space of a few hours to areas of the South Island this morning,” commented MetService Meteorologist Emma Blades. “Oamaru fell from 22C to 12C between 7am and 10am.” Most of the South Island will receive some rain today, as will the lower half of the North Island. However, the front is set to weaken as it moves northwards, and the Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Auckland, Coromandel and Northland are likely to receive only a few light showers.

An area of high pressure brings settled weather from Tuesday, with fine weather forecast for most of the country, although cloud hangs on to the eastern parts of the North Island and Northland, as well as the far south. While much of the country should remain dry through the middle of the week, occasional showers will linger for parts of Gisborne and Hawke’s Bay through the next few days.

In the wake of the front, strong winds will also ease over much of New Zealand going into Tuesday, although a fresh southeasterly flow develops over Northland and Auckland Tuesday morning, and is expected to persist for the next few days.

On Thursday, all eyes will be on Christchurch where the opening ceremony of the Cricket World Cup will take place in Hagley Park, the forecast is set to be warm and fine, with temperatures reaching the high 20’s in the afternoon. Be sure to pack sunscreen and a black cap for the event opening backyard cricket game!

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, at MetService New Zealand on Facebook@metservice on Twitter and at blog.metservice.com.

For further information please contact:
Emma Blades Meteorologist (04) 4700754

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