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Low cloud is sweeping over the country as a low in the Tasman Sea deepens Saturday.  

Auckland’s Sky Tower and other high rise buildings disappeared into the low cloud during Friday, dragged in by northerlies with near 100% humidity.

Head weather analyst Philip Duncan says the warmer northerlies will considerably lift overnight lows by as much as 10 to 15 degrees compared to last week over the next two nights.

“Places like Auckland, Tauranga and Whangarei will see overnight lows between 12 and 14 degrees over the next few nights.  Last week they were around -1”.

Drizzle and light rain are expected for many northern and western regions of the North Island over the next 24 hours..

“Conditions will continue to go down hill over the next 48 hours and while they’ll improve in the north, gales, snow and heavy rain will move into the south”.

Mr Duncan says the next wintry storm is expected early next week.  “Rain will build along the West Coast with gales moving in to a number of regions from the lower North Island to Southland”.

“By mid next week southerlies will affect all of New Zealand with a significant drop in temperartures compared to today”. 


Brendan Pratt on 18/07/2008 10:10am

Just want to say this web page is so good! and it gives a better insight into the weather. Just one thing…. is there any chance if any thunder storms over Tauranga this weekend…..

WW Forecast Team on 18/07/2008 7:52pm

Hi, there may well be a lightning flash and a rumble of thunder over Tauranga this morning.   Check out the Lightning Radar on the right hand side of this page – at 7:50am there had been over 500 strikes in the upper North Island.

Thanks for the feedback!


Philip Duncan

Brendan Pratt on 18/07/2008 10:02pm

Well the time is 9:59am Saturday 19th July. In Tauranga and there is rain, thunder and lighting… and wind…. Whats the rest of the country like today.

Brendan Pratt


WW Forecast Team on 18/07/2008 11:28pm

Intense thunderstorm over Eastern Waikato and Coromandel Peninsula at the moment.  More heavy showers with thunder moving through later today over Northland and Auckland too.  Rest of New Zealand is mostly cloudy – as per the Satellite Map on the right hand side of this page.

Thanks for the Tauranga update!


Philip Duncan

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