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Dry weather for New Zealand

The long range forecast for most of New Zealand over the coming week is going to be dry say forecasters.

High air pressure, from south of Australia, will dominate our weather pattern until next week meaning most regions will see plenty of sun, light winds and almost no rain. is receiving more and more reports from farmers and other New Zealanders needing rain over the past week, despite the torrential rain that has fallen in some areas over the past few weeks – and what fell this morning around Auckland, Waikato and Coromandel Peninsula.

The heat is to blame.  With temperatures soaring into the 30s across a number of regions it hasn’t taken much to remove the moisture from the ground.

What are conditions like where you are?  Do you need rain or are things OK at your place?  Post a comment below.

Homepage image / Chch from air, Peter Shone


Guest rose on 16/02/2011 1:11am

Well its been raining and spitting here since last nite, yayyyyyyyy nice and cool on the North Shore 🙂 Do we know how long its going to last?

Paul Casey on 15/02/2011 9:56pm

Motueka – dry as a bone. Cooling down in the mornings now. We need rain – the Motueka River is running at 10cumecs which is very low.

Taupo on 15/02/2011 9:43pm

Pretty green here in Taupo for this time of year after record January rainfall – but the pumice soil drying out quickly. Will need rain soon! Been very hot this year making for great swimming in the Lake (water temp around 23 degrees), and very warm nights which is unusual for Taupo (it ususally cools off considerably at night).

WW Forecast Team on 15/02/2011 8:22pm

Hi all – thanks for questions regarding this potential next cyclone.  We should’ve made it clearer on Monday that we’d have to wait until Wednesday for our next update.  Because it’s still a long way out we can’t yet have daily updates (as there’s nothing new to tell you!).  We wanted to wait at least 36 hours to see a few new model sweeps so that our updates are as consistent as possible.  We will have more information this afternoon.  Latest data still indicates a severe cyclone next week but at this stage it looks as though it may actually squeeze between all the islands and not directly hit land, but it may still be a Cat 3 or 4 or cyclone.   Full details this afternoon, plus the latest on two new storms affecting Australia.

– WeatherWatch

AP on 15/02/2011 8:11pm

Things are looking pretty green on the Coromandel’s eastern seaboard, and the Thames golf course is nice and green when it’s usually a dust bowl at this time of year.

Something that I’ve really missed this summer is thunderstorms! Over the past couple of years there’s been good runs of afternoon storms around late January. However this summer there’s hardly even been a day with good CB biuld-ups – in the northern Waikato at least. Is this another effect of La Nina Phil?

Dave on 15/02/2011 7:46pm

Definately need some rain – I am just to the east of Hamilton

pete on 15/02/2011 7:46pm

any more news on the cyclone you reported a couple of days ago that might be forming similar to yasi

iain on 15/02/2011 7:40pm

no further comments on potential of cyclone for next week? whats the long range forecast looking like now

Guest on 15/02/2011 6:48pm

So long that horrible humidity stays away then I’ll be happy with that!

Dave on 15/02/2011 6:45pm

What happened to the “significant Cyclone “for next week ??

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