Some blue sky for everyone

February 9, 2016

A weak ridge extends across New Zealand meaning the warm summer weather will continue for a few days. However, it is briefly interrupted by a cold front that is moving briskly up the South Island, reaching Cook Strait tonight and then quickly dissolving. “Wellington is still waiting for the first rainfall in February”, said MetService Meteorologist Lisa Murray, “and this southerly is not going to deliver enough to help the drying grass in the parks about the region.”

The ridge brings settled weather across many parts of the country, although there is moisture trapped under this ridge showing up as cloud in the morning and late evenings. The afternoons are looking good with everyone getting to see blue sky at some stage this week.

If you are looking for some rain to water the garden, your best chance this week will be if you are lucky enough to be under one of the isolated showers that pop up inland, with a chance of a heavy shower for Northland and Waikato tomorrow. Fiordland can expect some rain on and off this week and coastal Southland may get some scattered rain Wednesday night and into Thursday. For the latest on possible thunderstorms check

Further afield, there are two tropical depressions being monitored in the Tropics.  The first (TD09F) lies between the Solomon Islands and is expected move slowly southeast today with the potential to deepen between Vanuatu and Fiji into a tropical cyclone towards the end of this week. Another depression south of the Solomon Islands may also deepen this week. Both of these lows are being monitored closely by MetService. You can find the latest tropical updates at

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