The week may be starting off wet or showery in a number of places today but don’t expect it to help dry farms and reservoirs. Head weather analyst Philip Duncan says the rest of the week is going to be dry, sunny and windy in many areas. “Any moisture that falls today and overnight will evaporate thanks to several sunny days ahead and gusty winds”. Duncan says the wind will be caused by a very strong high building over the South Island while Tropical Cyclone Gene lies relatively stationery to the north east of the country.
But long range computer models are indicating a slight change in the weather pattern which could see the development of some Tasman Sea lows. “For the past couple of months the Tasman Sea has been covered in high pressure, stopping the formation of any rain fronts. But by this weekend a significant pool of warm, humid, rain making air is expected to spread into the Tasman then move over a number of New Zealand regions. “Next week it appears most dry areas could see plenty of shower activity, especially in Southland, the west coast of both Islands, and in the North, and to a lesser degree, in the east of both Islands – where limited showers are forecast early next week”
“Further ahead I would say it’s a little too early to tell how short lived this weather pattern will be but at this stage any change is a good change”