– Strong gusty nor-westers for lower North Island
– “Only a couple of light frosts for Central Otago and frost free for Central Plateau”
The early beginning to spring-like weather means a relatively warm weekend for all parts of New Zealand, especially Gisborne and Hawke’s Bay. North Westerly winds are forecast to be “brisk to strong” this weekend for most of New Zealand as a warm and cold front approaches the country.
“The front will pass over the country late Saturday and Sunday morning, bringing a period of rain to the west coast and maybe only a spot of rain to the east coast” says our head weather analyst Philip Duncan.
“Gisborne and Hawke’s Bay can expect temperatures into the upper teens this weekend while Wellington, Palmerston North and New Plymouth are definitely free of frosts as a howling nor’wester blasts the cities for the next few days”.
And it’s not just the lower North Island that’s going to be frost free. Long range temperatures provided by global weather giant weather.com show the Central Plateau will be frost free for the next week and even Central Otago will be mild. “There are only a couple of light frosts for Central Otago over the next week and a half and daytime highs will even touch double digits”.
Duncan says Christchurch and Dunedin are also forecast to have mild nights.
“These temperatures are not very common for early August. It means snow fall isn’t going to be as likely for the next week or so at least”.
For the past few days Auckland has been peppered by showery westerlies, which Duncan says is normal for winter but has only really just started after many weeks of northerlies, southerlies and easterlies.
WEATHER NEWS HEADLINES:
– No weather capable of forming tornadoes is forecast for the weekend.
– Rain for Northland will only be moderately heavy
– Very warm for Gisborne and Hawke’s Bay – highs around 18 degrees continuing.