Cold front brings rain, a drop in temperatures, then a week-long low (+6 Maps)

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A cold front is today moving northwards up the country and will fall apart over the North Island as we head into Tuesday. Following this a low will form in the eastern Tasman Sea and hug the New Zealand area for the next several days bringing a forecast that sees large areas of dry mixed in with cloud, drizzle, showers and patchy rain.

  • A cold front lies around Wellington (as of Monday morning) and about to move northwards then weaken.
  • The southern half of the South Island will go through showers this afternoon.
  • Cloudy and a few showers in Canterbury today because of the influx of cool southerly winds.
  • Temperatures turning significantly cooler in the eastern side of the South Island due to southerly winds.
  • Max temperature in Christchurch is around 17C today and tomorrow but will feel cooler in the wind.
  • On Tuesday a developed low pressure will approach from the Tasman sea. Northerly to northeasterly wind will be intensified and showery rain may begin in the afternoon in Tasman and West Coast. 
  • This low is forecast to linger until the weekend.



Cooler Temps

17c here at the moment in Whitby, will be an easy sleep tonight. Sick of the climate? Just wait a cycle, a climate cycle that is. Are we due for a period of cold weather now that the modern warm period, or climate mania as it is called in some quarters, nears an end. Well it ended in 1998 really so rug up! I do see some parts of the US have been suffering from the cold for a few months now. And the Met office in the UK is warning of a "threat to life" period of cold weather this coming week, even accounting for usual cold winter temps in Britain. Will our winter be colder than normal, or what is normal? Put another log on the fire could well be the catch phrase this winter eh!