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The Tasman Sea has finally clearly opened up for making low pressure systems, meaning more humid, wet weather will be on the way for Northern and Western New Zealand.  Head Weather Analyst Philip Duncan says long range models show lows developing in the Tasman over the next week, including one moving in from the sub tropics.  “It’s too far out to be sure but the far north and the South Island’s West Coast may see another windy and wet weekend this weekend”.  Heavy over the weekend in northern parts of the country have left extremely muggy conditions with many Aucklanders having a rough sleep as overnight temperatures hovered around 21 degrees.
There’s more bad news for Manawatu and Wairarapa farmers this week – rain isn’t in the picture.  A few showers are possible this weekend but they aren’t expected to be substantial.  High pressure to the east of New Zealand will mean all eastern regions from Gisborne to Christchurch will see a lot of dry conditions over the next 10 days.  “I’ve been saying it for a couple of weeks now but farms in central parts of New Zealand should remain positive as the weather patterns are definitely changing with the highs losing their control of the country”.
And parched farms in the far south will welcome the news that showery weather is in the forecast more days than dry days.  A huge low south of New Zealand will continue to send fronts across Southland however rainfall amounts wont be huge.  “It’s enough to keep rain tanks happy and maybe your garden, but really it wont do too much to help pastures”.  Duncan says two solid days of rain is needed to end the drought.
Duncan says summer officially ends this Friday and many will be hoping the change to Autumn will bring more rain soon.



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