A soggy Saturday but brighter ahead

August 14, 2016

Another cold winter week was capped off by a front that raced up New Zealand on Friday and Saturday. However, this front has well and truly vacated the country, leaving fine weather in its wake for most places on Sunday. This signals the start of a decent stretch of weather for the North Island, but is only temporary respite for the South as the next frontal feature is already approaching the bottom of the country.

What began as another very chilly week last week only started to warm up when northerly winds strengthened ahead of a front which hit New Zealand early on Friday. The front then brought rain or a shower to almost everyone over the following 36 hours. The Capital was hit the hardest due to a low pressure centre amplifying the rain around central New Zealand. During Saturday, Wellington airport received 46mm of rain, while Wainuiomata recorded 80mm. Surface flooding around the region was reported and at least one road had to be closed until the rain had eased.

The next day or two will be damp down south and along the West Coast, but that should prove to be the exception rather than the rule in an otherwise dry and settled week. Two frontal features make landfall in Fiordland tonight, but weaken quickly as they traverse over the South Island, running out of puff almost entirely by the time they reach Wellington. “By Tuesday a ridge of high pressure will be the dominant player in our weather game, meaning bits and pieces of cloud will be all most people will need to worry about for much of this week” discussed MetService meteorologist Angus Hines.

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