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Weather Video: Mainly dry week but big low this weekend

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This week is dominated by westerly quarter winds for many regions, especially the South Island and lower North Island with high pressure somewhat controlling the weather across northern NZ.


InfoGraphic: The Big Picture for Monday / Tuesday

An anticyclone is centred west of the North Island in the Tasman Sea today directing a west to southwesterly airflow over New Zealand. Westerlies build on Tuesday ahead of a front which moves onto the lower South Island late afternoon then moves northwards.


Monday's national forecast

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An anticyclone is centred west of the North Island in the Tasman Sea today directing a west to southwesterly airflow over New Zealand.

Northland, Auckland, Waikato & Bay Of Plenty
Chance of a shower this morning otherwise mainly dry with long sunny spells and some cloud, southwesterly
winds.
Highs: 18-20


Monday's weather outlook

An anticyclone is centred west of the North Island in the Tasman Sea on Monday directing a west to southwesterly airflow over New Zealand during the day.


Sunday: Two cold fronts, two islands + two Maps

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Two different cold fronts are today moving up each main island bring more rain to the western side of New Zealand but more mild and fairly sunny weather to many in the east.


Sunday's national forecast

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A cold front moves into the North Island today bringing some rain and showers from the west while conditions dry out for a time in the South Island's west ahead of the second cold front arriving later today.


Drier than normal trend for most of New Zealand next 7 days (+3 Maps)

2018 has had plenty of rain events with most regions actually wetter than average for this time of the year. Soil moisture maps indicate just a few dry spots (like around Taihape, Gisborne and between northern Auckland and Whangarei) but none of these dry areas are serious, although they may be limiting pasture growth a little lately.


InfoGraphic: The Big Picture for Saturday / Sunday

A northerly airflow increases over New Zealand on Saturday with a front pushing over the lower South Island from afternoon, reaching the lower North Island overnight. This front weakens and moves northeastwards over the North Island during Sunday, meanwhile another front lines up the lower South Island from afternoon pushing in from the southwest.


Saturday's national forecast

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A northerly airflow increases over New Zealand today with a front pushing over the lower South Island from afternoon, reaching the lower North Island overnight.

Northland, Auckland, Waikato & Bay Of Plenty
A chance of morning fog then mostly sunny with some increasing high cloud, light northerly winds.


Weather Video: A week of windy westerlies coming, but so too is more high pressure

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A high that stretches 7000kms across is likely to slink past New Zealand next week just to the north, encouraging more settled mild weather for northerners but revving up a westerly flow over the South Island bringing gales at times.