Settled weather and warm temperatures for many

December 18, 2015

The combination of an area of low pressure, and cold temperatures in the upper atmosphere has brought showery and thundery weather to many parts of the country this week. Large hail fell in several areas, particularly in Nelson, and wreaked havoc on many Christmas fruit crops.

Fortunately, the low pressure and cold upper level temperatures are moving away as we head into the weekend, meaning more settled weather is in store. A ridge moves across the South Island on Saturday and onto the North Island on Sunday.

“While most people will see some fine weather on Saturday, a ridge unfortunately does not mean sunshine for everybody,” said MetService meteorologist Claire Flynn. “Canterbury and North Otago will be mostly cloudy on Saturday, with occasional rain or drizzle. People in Gisborne, Hawke’s Bay and Wairarapa could also expect some gloomy weather.”

On Sunday, fine weather is expected for most places in the North Island as the drizzle clears out of eastern areas. However, a warm front will slide across the South Island bringing showers to western parts, along with brief showers across Southland and Otago.

“After the warm front crosses the South Island on Sunday, temperatures will start to heat up in the east on Monday. Northwest winds will develop, which will cause the air to dry out and temperatures to rise,” Flynn stated. “Temperatures will reach the late twenties or early thirties in many eastern areas.”

The warmth is not expected to last, however. A blustery cold front approaches from the south, reaching Southland on Monday evening and causing temperatures to drop significantly.

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For further information please contact:
Claire Flynn Meteorologist (04)4700848

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