Dry for a while, but rain returns

January 3, 2016

Rain will ease over the next few days as a ridge of high pressure builds from the west. However, an area of low pressure is expected to approach the country on Thursday, bringing further rain across the country by the end of the week.

The weekend has been a wash out for many holiday destinations as an area of low pressure brought wet weather down from the tropics. Whitianga recorded 65mm of rain in the 24 hours to midday Saturday. “The rain brought some reprieve to parched farmland in the north yesterday, and the top of the South Island and the east of the North Island are getting a good soaking today,” commented meteorologist Emma Blades.

The rain will gradually ease in most places tonight.  The South Island clears tomorrow afternoon, but showers hang on in the north and east of the North Island, before clearing everywhere but Northland on Wednesday. Temperatures will be a little cooler tomorrow as a southerly change gradually moves up the country today and tomorrow.

The sunshine should last a couple of days, as a ridge of high pressure moves over the country from the west. “Make the most of the sunshine though, as an area of low pressure is forecast to approach the South Island on Thursday, bringing rain and strong northerlies to the west, before crossing the country on Friday,” added Ms Blades.

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