Settled weather not set to last

September 7, 2015

Most places experienced cold temperatures this weekend, with snow in the south and in the higher parts of the North Island. Snow was reported in many places across Southland and Otago, with flurries falling to near sea level. Temperatures remained in the single digits for most parts of the South Island on Sunday. However, most people will be pleased to hear that the mercury is expected to climb over the next few days.

“Mornings are still likely to be frosty in sheltered places, but maximum temperatures are on an increasing trend,” said MetService meteorologist Claire Flynn. “The warmer temperatures coincide with high pressure moving onto the country, meaning fine weather for most. There are still a few showers lingering in some places, particularly Auckland and Northland, but these showers will ease today and become isolated by tomorrow.”

Unsettled weather moves onto the country from mid-week. A complex trough approaching from the Tasman Sea is expected to bring rain to western parts of the South Island on Wednesday. The trough will then make its way onto the North Island on Thursday, with most places getting wet before the end of the day. As the trough moves across the North Island, a cool southerly change will affect the South and is likely to bring some snow, although not to as low levels as this weekend’s event.

“There is still some uncertainty around the feature crossing the upper North Island later this week,” Flynn said. “Indications are that this weather system could bring strong winds and a burst of heavy rain to northern parts of the country towards the end of the week. MetService will be monitoring the situation over the coming days, and encourages the public to keep up to date with latest forecasts.”

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:
Claire Flynn Meteorologist (04)4700848

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