It’s a three day weekend for Auckland and it’s now the third day with overcast, gloomy, conditions. While some very eastern parts of the region have seen sun, much of the city and the entire western side of the region has been cloudy.
Auckland is basically caught in the ‘wake’ of a storm that churned past New Zealand at the weekend well to the south over the Southern Ocean. Like being on the edge of a waterfront when a jetboat passes by just offshore – eventually the wake of that boat moves in. Well the wake of the Southern Ocean storm has brought cloud, a bit of a windy Saturday and Sunday and now for the holiday Monday it’s finally calm, but still gloomy with even some isolated drizzle around this morning.
With this Southern Ocean low now well and truly gone the eastern Tasman Sea (or western North Island) has the left over clouds while eastern areas are hot and are already pushing into the mid to late 20s as of 9:30am.
Auckland’s missing out on the heatwave for the most part this week, however the next couple of nights have overnight lows around 20 degrees and Tuesday’s high will be in the mid to late 20s should the clouds finally break.
Hopefully the sun will come out today, but it all depends on how fast the gloom in the eastern Tasman Sea can break up. Sunnier weather is forecast for Auckand this week with a hotter, sunnier, Tuesday forecast once we’re all back at work…
– 9am Satellite map shows the North Island’s mountains and ranges blocking cloud to the west while it’s much hotter and sunnier to the east and inland. JMA (Japan Government)