Chilly morning starts

April 23, 2015

A broad area of high pressure builds across New Zealand in time for this weekend’s remembrance services bringing dry conditions for many dawn parades on ANZAC Day. Cloudier skies and wetter weather are however forecast for the second half of the weekend and into Monday.

Many of us will be up early on Saturday to attend ANZAC Day services and the forecast looks dry for much of New Zealand. This is thanks to the high that has been acting as a block to the wetter weather waiting out over the Tasman Sea. There is however the chance of the odd shower in Northland, Auckland and the Coromandel, and drizzle for the West Coast. Clear skies overnight will result in a chilly dawn service for many – with inland areas in the North Island such as Hamilton, Taupo and Palmerston North dipping as low as 6C. “Wrap up if you are in South Island as temperatures are also looking a little chilly – with Christchurch likely to also be around 6C early morning,” said MetService Meteorologist Emma Blades. Once the sun comes up though, the day will turn out to be a warm one for most.

The weather gradually degrades over the weekend, as the rain and cloud out to the west of the country makes its way slowly up Aotearoa. Most of the country will receive rain over the weekend, although not until Monday for the North Island. Heavy falls are likely, predominantly in western parts of the country, as well as strong winds in many places. You can keep read the latest Severe Weather Outlook here:

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

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