Mid week southerly change brings rain and cool temps

March 13, 2016

Following a week of wind, rain and cooler temperatures, the weekend has seen settled weather across much of the country and temperatures have picked up. It’s going to be a similar story this week with a front moving up the country on Tuesday bringing periods of rain and a cold southerly change for many. For example, the maximum temperature for Christchurch is expected to drop from 22 degrees on Tuesday to 14 degrees on Wednesday.

On Monday a trough over the central North Island brings a few showers to central areas, while an approaching front in the south brings rain to the West Coast, and southeastern areas later.

On Tuesday the front progresses up the South Island, stalling over the centre of the country at night. Periods of rain are expected in most places in the South Island, especially the West Coast where briefly heavy falls are possible. “A cold southerly will follow this front, dropping maximum temperatures down into the mid-teens,” explained MetService Meteorologist Ciaran Doolin. “The southerly winds are not expected to cause any trouble, like they did in Dunedin last week for example, though they may be strong in exposed places on the east coast.”

On Wednesday the stalled front brings rain or showers to central North Island and northern South Island areas, while the rest of the country should be mainly fine. Then on Thursday this front weakens as a ridge of high pressure builds bringing fine weather to most of the country, which persists into early Friday.

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