Week of typical spring weather ahead

Published: Mon 17 Oct 2016 01:40 PM
Week of typical spring weather ahead
Spring snow flurries and hailstorms affected parts of New Zealand towards the end of last week, leading to a chilly start to the weekend. As the weekend progressed, the weather settled and temperatures recovered.
“A week of typical spring weather lies ahead, with a series of fronts affecting the country from Tuesday. Toasty temperatures are expected for the first half of the week, especially in eastern areas,” explained MetService Meteorologist Ciaran Doolin.
A ridge of high pressure drapes over the North Island on Monday and Tuesday, bringing fine weather. In the South Island, a front approaches the Far South today before slowly moving up the island tomorrow. The front is expected to bring heavy rain to western areas and northwest gales to eastern areas from tonight. A Severe Weather Warning and Watch are in force for this event.
On Wednesday this front moves onto the North Island, bringing a period of rain to southern and central areas. Meanwhile a second, weak front moves onto the South Island spreading rain across western and south-eastern areas. Both fronts continue to move north on Thursday, spreading rain to remaining areas of the country.
Rain gradually clears from the South Island on Friday, and turns to showers over the North Island as the last front moves to the east.
“A narrow ridge of high pressure squeezes over the country on Saturday. Showers progressively clear over the North Island, setting up nicely for Saturday night’s Bledisloe Cup game in Auckland,” Doolin said.
The rest of the weekend still looks a little uncertain and changeable, so keep up to date with forecasts in the coming days ahead of the long weekend.

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