A touch of spring for many

August 24, 2015

This week we’ll see the full spectrum of weather across New Zealand (how very spring-like) and there are some warmer temperatures in the forecast too.

Expect wet weather over the next couple of days as a rain band travels up the country. High pressure builds through Wednesday and Thursday bringing dry and settled weather. The mid-week window of mostly fine weather should feel very spring-like, with sunshine and warmer temperatures in the mix for many. The high pressure remains across the North Island through to the start of the weekend. However, a front approaches the South Island on Friday bringing more rain to the far southwest of the country.

Many places enjoyed blue skies this weekend. However, showers persisted in the north for much of the weekend along with thick cloud in some coastal regions. “Monday and Tuesday will be wet for many areas, with the rain currently affecting the South Island expected to move north,” said MetService Meteorologist Emma Blades. “The main band of rain will reach the North Island on Monday night, and a heavy rain warning is in place for Mount Taranaki and the Tararua Range,” Blades commented.

Snow showers are likely to lower to 400 metres in the south of the South Island tonight. Higher up in the mountains, venues for the Audi quattro Winter Games near Wanaka and Queenstown will receive a fresh delivery of snow.

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)4700848

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