Here’s what is making the weather headlines today….
WIND WARNINGS, RAIN WARNINGS – SOUTH ISLAND
A strong northerly airflow sets up over the South Island today, expect rain in the west with heavy falls for South Westland, heavy rain spreads northwards this evening / overnight. There may be thunderstorms, check out today’s thunderstorm outlook from Metservice here.
Strong north to northwesterly winds can be expected east of the Main Divide, the strongest winds will be inland.
Metservice watches and warnings can be seen here.
NORTH ISLAND COMPARATIVELY SETTLED
Thanks to a ridge of high pressure the North Island doesn’t have any major issues today. There will be some cloud in the west south of the Waikato and perhaps some cloud drifting in from the northeast Bay Of Plenty through to eastern Northland. Also areas of fog for the upper North Island this morning but this will break away.
The Central Plateau will be the coldest spot first thing this morning sitting around 1 degree at dawn, warming up this afternoon in the east reaching into the late teens.
LOW STILL LOOKING TO MISS LATE NEXT WEEK
A low moving towards the North Island on Thursday next week is still looking to just miss it at this stage, moving down and away to the southeast. Perhaps East Cape may catch some rain as this low moves through, we will have to wait and see.
Interestingly in our map below there is quite a cold change moving in over the South Island on Friday, snow for the South Island ski fields one would think if this comes to fruition.