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Anticyclonic Gloom making for a cloudy, depressing end to the week in NZ’s northwest

Finding the weather a bit gloomy? You’re not the only one! At this time of the year, high pressure systems don’t always guarantee sunny, dry weather. With the nights now longer than the days and sea temperatures still fairly mild, it’s the perfect recipe for cloud.

Add on top of that a big high that keeps that cloud trapped down low – unable to move over the ranges of New Zealand smoothly – it makes for a very cloudy build up on one side of the ranges…and this week it’s been the west.

Also, the centres of large highs create very little wind to move the clouds along, hence the overcast weather.

Cities like Auckland and Hamilton have had more than their fair share of cloud over the past couple of days – and over the next couple of days – and as the high crosses from Tasman Sea to Pacific Ocean, cloudier weather will transition from the west coast to the North Island’s east coast.

So today is another day with “anticyclonic gloom”.

Check out our latest weather video for even more information on anticyclonic gloom.


– Image – A very gloomy Peter Piers at CountryTV this morning, posing for our “Look gloomy” photo



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