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A topsy turvy week ahead

Topsy turvy is a good saying to sum up late winter/early spring weather – and that’s certainly the weather we’re going to be seeing this week across New Zealand.

As a low that spent a number of days building strength in the Tasman Sea heads out into the Pacific Ocean today it leaves behind an erratic weather pattern.

A high north of New Zealand will try to bring settled weather to the nation but a deep low south of the country will be battling against it – the low is likely to win, at least for the lower two thirds of the country.

While the centre of this low won’t come anywhere near us the squash zone between that low in the south and the high in the north means strong winds over the South Island and lower North Island mid-week.

A change to sou’westers for most of New Zealand is likely on Thursday but the computer models show plenty of ‘kinks’ in the isobars which suggests the flow is disturbed, meaning changeable conditions are likely.


Homepage image: David Hawke


sw on 30/08/2010 12:04am

You can describe Norfolk islands present weather will be our Nov/December weather,ie windy SW,Mediocre temperatures range of 10-13 lows,17-19 maximums.

RW on 30/08/2010 12:41am

Unlikely, in view of the developing La Nina. The late spring and early summer phases of the last few La Ninas were nothing like what you’re “predicting”. As for this August – so much for the “real winter”. Overall for NZ it has been a mild, wet and cloudy month. I would have quite like to have had a “real” winter if cooler temperatures were duly accompanied by less rain and more sun.

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