It was a stormy Sunday in the far north but luckily for most the large system scraped past New Zealand to the east. This meant heavy rain and strong winds mostly missed the country. Winds over 120km/h blasted Cape Reinga with gale force gusts to 100km/h around exposed parts of Whangarei and across the Hauraki Gulf. Heavy rain fell across Northland and Aucklandbut wasn’t heavy enough to cause any issues.
East Cape north of Gisborne is this morning getting pounded by 100km/h southerlies and heavy rain in the hills but the speed of the system means it’s unlikely to cause any damage. “A benefit of living in such a skinny county from east to west means that the likelihood of sub tropical storms making landfall is much lower” says the Radio Network’s head weather analyst Philip Duncan. “A number of big storms skirt by New Zealand and this one really only got close enough to affect Northland and East Cape and should move away pretty quickly today”.
As expected the South Island was sheltered and calm this weekend. There are big frosts in Otago and Southland this morning – currently it’s minus 3 in Dunedin.
So what lies ahead this week? “In a nut shell we’re back to settled weather with warmer days and cooler nights” says Duncan. “A high in the Tasman means we’ll have settled weather for much of the week with at this stage a front spreading over the country on Thursday night and Friday”.