South Island


RainWatch - Tuesday 09th January 2018

Anticyclonic conditions cover most of New Zealand today, a weak area of high pressure sits off the east coast of the South Island.


Next few days: Rainy weather coming for West Coasters, even Canterbury (+3 Maps)

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Rainy days are coming to the West Coast from today and it may last until Thursday after a dry hot spell of weather there recently

While many parts of the country were dealing with the deep low the West Coast was sunny and hot and closer to 30 degrees.


RainWatch - Monday 08th January 2018

An anticyclone centred in the Tasman Sea spreads a ridge over New Zealand today. A weakening front pushes northwards up the West Coast of the South Island during the day.

For the North Island it's a mainly dry looking picture today, just the chance of a clearing shower this morning in the east.


Saturday's national forecast

Upper North Island


RainWatch - Friday 05th January 2018

A deep and intense low moves from west to east over the North Island during today, winds ahead of this low are strong from the northerly quarter then swinging around to the westerly quarter as the day moves along. Very strong southerlies move into the lower North Island from evening. The South Island sees southerly quarter winds strengthen later today in the east.


RainWatch - Thursday 04th January 2018

A rapidly deeping depression moves southwards today out of the Tasman Sea to lie west of the North Island later this evening / overnight. With this low comes strong winds and heavy rain for the North Island, reaching the upper South Island later today or overnight.


Thursday's national forecast

Upper North Island


RainWatch - Wednesday 03rd January 2018

We still have a light and humid north to northeasterly airflow over New Zealand today, flowing around a large high that is situated well out to the east of the country in the Pacific Ocean. Trouble is on the horizon as a low forms in the north Tasman Sea later today, dropping down towards the North Island on Thursday.


RainWatch - Tuesday 02nd January 2018

A light northerly airflow lies over New Zealand today, flowing around a large high centered well east of New Zealand in the Pacific Ocean.


RainWatch - Monday 01st January 2018

A fairly slack pressure gradient lies over New Zealand today which brings a mixed bag of weather, it's not overly wet but a few regions may see showers or some rain. The lower South Island has the driest, sunniest and warmest weather today.