Temperatures to rise this week

November 20, 2016

After a horrendous week both earthquake and weather wise, we are fortunate enough to be heading into settled weather, with some high temperatures forecast in eastern areas later this week.

North Egmont recorded the highest rainfall this week, toting up 362mm since Monday morning. The Wellington region also took a hammering, with several rain gauges recording more than 120mm over the week. Kaikoura got the top temperature of 27.5C on Tuesday afternoon. Chilly temperatures hung on for some though, with Tekapo dropping to -0.8C on Friday morning.

An area of high pressure moved over the country on Sunday, bringing blue skies and light winds to much of New Zealand. “This made for great viewing of the International Navy Flotilla as it made its way into Wellington Harbour this morning,” commented meteorologist Emma Blades. “It’s rare that we get to witness smoke rising vertically from ships in the capital,” added Ms Blades. The fine weather with continue through to Thursday, except for the far south and Westland, where MetService is forecasting rain for on Wednesday due to a slow moving front.

Temperatures will be picking-up this week, especially in eastern areas and central Otago, where it is likely the high twenties will be reached. MetService is also picking mild overnight temperatures.

The weather is set to turn on Thursday, when an area of low pressure looks to approach New Zealand from the Tasman Sea. “The timings are still uncertain at this stage, so it will pay to check the latest MetService forecast as we get closer to the time,” advised Ms Blades.


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