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East vs West – NZ’s situation & outlook

After one of the more exciting weeks in the 2014 weather scene, we are looking at a return to something approaching normality on Tuesday.

A brisk westerly quarter airflow covers the country,meaning we have two very different outlooks for the two sides of the South Island.

Eastern regions are looking mainly dry, while cloudier skies and rain or showers will affect most of those in the west.

For the south, Otago is looking at a southwest change in the morning,along with a few showers, but then an improving outlook for the day.

Canterbury is looking at southwest winds to start the day,but only a slight risk of a shower around Banks Peninsula,but by midday it will have improved considerably.

The West Coast is looking at rain (no surprises here) but this will ease overnight.

In the North Island, western regions won’t see any serious rain, but cloudy spells and the odd shower may move through at times early on-but the sun will take control after lunch. 

– Image / File, Joanne Ottey

– By Drew Chappell,


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