By head weather analyst Philip Duncan
I can’t speak for all New Zealanders because at this time of year the weather changes dramatically from one region to another – but I’ve gotta say the BBQ weather has certainly arrived. Even that annoying spring wind tends to die right down in the evening perfect for firing up the BBQ and cooking dinner for the family or friends.
Last night I went out onto the street and could smell sausages cooking and hear children laughing and playing outside. People were taking runs or walking and people just generally enjoying the longer, warmer, evenings. It gives you that feeling that winter is definitely gone and summer is getting closer.
The next night or two still look good for BBQ weather in northern and eastern regions of both islands but a few fronts moving up from the Southern Ocean coupled with a developing ‘squash zone’, between the lows down south and the big strong high over the north, means winds will push north and rain will fall along the West Coast.
Rain warnings have also been issued for western regions in the South Island.
Speaking of the South Island’s West Coast – check out my blog at the NZ Herald about Fiordland possibly being the wettest place on the planet!
So rain for the West Coast, winds building in the south and moving into Wellington later today & tomorrow – then heading north to reach Auckland by Thursday or Friday.
So if you live in the east or the north you’ve probably got at least a couple more BBQ nights on the way.
Labour Weekend Look Ahead.
Our first national holiday in many months arrives next weekend and the Weather Watch Centre will have extensive travel coverage for you and your family. Be sure to check back here next week for the latest Labour Weekend forecasts!