June 11, 2017

Apart from a low that crossed the North Island on Tuesday and a front that moved northwards over the country during Friday and Saturday, the weather has been settled over Aotearoa in the week just passed.

“Settled weather often means clear skies, meaning plenty of sun during the day, but penguin friendly overnight temperatures.” said Meteorologist April Clark.

“Tekapo takes the prize for coldest overnight temperature this week with a low of -6.8 degrees Celsius recorded overnight Tuesday” she continued.

Though the astronomical mid-winter (or winter solstice) is not quite upon us, the rising of Matariki (or the Pleiades star cluster) in the northeast horizon marks the winter mid-point, or Maori New Year for many across New Zealand.  The weather, for the most part, has been conducive to the Matariki celebrations, with clear skies rewarding rugged up star gazers with unobstructed view to the stars, and moderate winds allowing kites ‘to flutter close to the stars’ in this modern adaptation of an ancient custom.

Next week brings a change of pace, with a series of fronts, bringing heavy, thundery rain to the west of the South Island and gale force winds to exposed places of the South and lower North Island.  The polar vortex also bulges northwards with these fronts allowing Antarctic air to escape north, and temperatures to lower. Snow is now forecast to about 500 meters in the far south later Tuesday and into Wednesday. Keep updated with the evolving situation at metservice.com

The current satellite image over the Tasman Sea showing a weather system set to hit New Zealand next week waiting to the south. 

Official Severe Weather Watches and Warnings are reviewed and re-issued by MetService at least every twelve hours, and more often if necessary. To get the most up to date information on severe weather around the country, or any other forecasts, see metservice.com or on mobile devices at m.metservice.com. You can also follow our updates on MetService TV, at MetService New Zealand on Facebook@metservice  and @MetServiceWARN on Twitter and at blog.metservice.com 


MetService issues Warnings, Watches and Outlooks for severe weather over New Zealand.

Warnings are about taking action when severe weather is imminent or is occurring. They are issued only when required.
Recommendation: ACT 

Watches are about being alert when severe weather is possible, but not sufficiently imminent or certain for a Warning to be issued. They are issued only when required.
Recommendation: BE READY 

Outlooks are about looking ahead, providing advance information on possible future Watches and/or Warnings. They are issued routinely once or twice a day.
Recommendation: PLAN 

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