Spring has certainly been messed up this year – even as far as Springs go! September was calm and settled – while October kept government forecasters busy issuing severe wind warnings on a near daily basis. But October is going out in style, with a large high bringing light winds and plenty of warmer, sunnier weather.
But first – Aucklanders have every right to be hacked off with the weather yesterday. Most weather forecast providers were predicting a sunny day. But a small band of showers formed in the area on Saturday night and due to the sluggish nature of high pressure systems the showers stayed trapped over the city. TRN’s Weather Watch Centre did predict a showery day for the city of sails but I was still surprised how long it hung around. In fact I made the mistake of spraying for Onehunga weed only to have it rain an hour later undoing my work! (btw – now is the time of year to spray for those prickles – the warm weather means the actual prickles will start sprouting soon so get out there in the next couple of days).
Further south and a cold southerly kept highs cooler than expected this weekend but all is not lost: Monday and Tuesday are looking great everywhere. Mainly light winds for everyone today – even Wellington! – but the nor westers will start to pick up on Tuesday as a front approaches from the South. The front will affect the far South later on Tuesday, SI west coast Wednesday, then move into the North Island Thursday/Friday as the high slowly moves out into the Pacific…and sorry Wellington, strong winds for the rest of your week – so make the most of an outside lunch today.
Oh and weather for Halloween trick-or-treating looks pretty good for most main centres at this stage except southern New Zealand. I’ll give you more details about that on Wednesday itself.
Enjoy the nice but brief weather!