A pleasant end to Easter weekend

March 27, 2016

A low pressure system brought horrendous weather to parts of New Zealand last week, but fortunately the weather took a pleasant turn for the long Easter weekend.
Power lines were brought down by severe gales in Auckland on Wednesday night, while people in Franz Josef were evacuated when the Waiho River broke its banks. The Tasman District recorded the highest total rainfall this week though, with a massive 329mm recorded there in 21 hours from 10am on Wednesday.

By Good Friday, most of the country started to enjoy far better weather, with mild temperatures and plenty of sunshine around. Marsden Point, Northland, reached the top temperature in the country so far this weekend of 27.4C.

“Not everywhere is enjoying the sunshine though,” said Meteorologist Emma Blades, “as a front is bringing rain to western parts of the South Island today, with a few spots further east.” However, the front will weaken as it travels north. “Although there will be quite a bit of cloud around on Easter Monday, only Fiordland and the very south coast of the country will have a good chance of rain,” added Ms Blades.

Tuesday is looking mostly warm and dry for those enjoying the extra school day off. However, there will be some rain around for the west of the South Island, and showers for Otago, Southland and Clutha. The remainder of the week looks fairly settled, but there is the potential for some wetter weather towards the end of a week.

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