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Monday's weather outlook

A northwesterly airflow lies over New Zealand on Monday, moving around a large high centred to the north and northeast.


Sunday's national forecast + 7 days rainfall coming up

Due to hot air flowing around high pressure for a while, temperatures will be higher than normal, especially quite higher during daytime. 
 
Drought - Judging from the temperature & precipitation trends there is a possibility that a drought will increase - especially over the North Island widely in the coming week or two.
 

VIDEO: Hotter weather coming for NZ, storms nearby but missing us

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We have a few showers in the forecast over the next few days, mainly focused on the West Coast. Elsewhere it’s mostly dry with hotter weather moving in thanks to both sub-tropical nor’westers and winds out of Australia. 


Saturday's national forecast

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A light westerly airflow lies over New Zealand today, a front within this flow over the lower South Island weakens during the day.

Northland, Auckland, Waikato & Bay Of Plenty
Morning cloud then mostly sunny, west to southwesterly winds. Afternoon northerlies for Bay Of Plenty.
Highs: 26-31


InfoGraphic: The Big Picture for Saturday / Sunday

A light westerly airflow lies over New Zealand on Saturday, a front within this flow over the lower South Island weakens during the day. A large anticyclone covers New Zealand on Sunday.


InfoGraphic: The Big Picture for Friday / Saturday

Mainly anticyclonic for New Zealand today bringing more settled weather, still plenty of morning cloud about for some. A front approaches to the west moving onto the lower South Island overnight. A light westerly airflow lies over New Zealand on Saturday, a front within this flow over the lower South Island weakens during the day.


Friday's national forecast

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Mainly anticyclonic for New Zealand today yet again bringing more settled weather, still plenty of morning cloud about for some. A front approaches to the west moving onto the lower South Island overnight.

Northland, Auckland, Waikato & Bay Of Plenty


InfoGraphic: The Big Picture for Friday

Mainly anticyclonic for New Zealand again on Friday bringing more settled weather, still plenty of morning cloud about for some. A front approaches to the west moving onto the lower South Island overnight.


VIDEO: Northern NZ has now caught Australia’s drought

As WeatherWatch.co.nz first mentioned back in September last year, the upper North Island is caught up in the big dry from Australia.

Now NZ Government forecasters say drought has arrived in Northland, Auckland and north Waikato - the same regions we’ve been focused on since spring.


Dry 14 days ahead for many + Rain Accumulation Maps for rest of January & 14 days

High pressure has finally locked itself over New Zealand and apart from a few weak rainmakers brushing Fiordland and spreading a little further up the West Coast or over into Southland the rest of the country is definitely leaning much drier than normal.