A sub tropical air stream is going to produce a band of rain or showers for much of New Zealand this week, but as I said last week most of it shouldn’t be significant for populated places and most campers shouldn’t need to be too worried.
The heaviest falls will be across the South Island’s West Coast and for Taranaki – mainly Mt Taranaki…so if you’re camping or hiking anywhere from Monday to Wednesday in those areas especially, keep up to date with the latest forecasts and MetService rain warnings.
Most towns in the east should get a light and insignificant sprinkle while Western centres such as Hamilton and Auckland should have a period of showers or patchy rain on Tuesday afternoon/Wednesday morning. The reason for the rain is due the weekend’s large high moving out to the east and before the next one arrives (later on Wednesday/Thursday) a low and front will zip over the country. There is one especially unpredictable element with this system however. A small low in the northern Tasman Sea. Over the weekend it developed a clear centre to it and although computer models predict it fading out it could affect Northland with some rain and breezy easterlies on Wednesday. Certainly nothing to be worried about, but just check out the latest weather maps if you’re camping or planning something outdoors up north.
Finally, temperatures. If you live in the northern quarter of the country overnight lows for the next few nights will be in the high teens…very muggy and warm. For those in eastern areas from Gisborne to Dunedin, look forward to some very high day time temperatures thanks to the northerly. Daytime highs will be in the low to mid 30s for Monday in the South Island’s east, while the North Island’s east will have highs in the low 30s both Monday and Tuesday. A cool southerly will knock temperatures down to around 20 by Wednesday for those ares.
And if you love the heat, then there’s more good news – Summer is just warming up…with the hottest weather usually starting now and lasting for another 8 weeks at least!