– WINDY WET AND MILD FOR THE NORTH
– REMAINING BITTERLY COLD IN THE SOUTH
Yet another storm is brewing in the Tasman Sea, the fourth major storm in just a matter of weeks. Head Weather Analyst at The Radio Network, Philip Duncan, says northern regions are in for a battering.
“Those places in the far north and eastern Waikato are going to be in for severe easterly gales with winds gusting to gale force around Auckland”. Mr Duncan says winds may reach over 120km/h in Whangarei and Te Aroha (in the Eastern Waikato – a town most prone to severe easterlies in NZ).
At this stage heavy rain looks as if it will mostly fall out to sea but it’s still going to be a very wet few days in the north.
“Winds are likely to build overnight tonight rising to gale on Tuesday afternoon”. He says Severe gales are also expected to lash the Hauraki Gulf.
The Crown forecaster has also issued a severe weather watch for Northland predicting severe gales tomorrow and Wednesday.
And in the South Island a lack of wind, especially inland, will see further bitterly cold overnight lows. Global weather giant weather.com is predicting a high of just 2 degrees in Queenstown tomorrow with overnight lows around minus 4 all week. In Christchurch highs will be lucky to make it over 6 or 7 degrees as a south easterly drags in cloud.
Further north and Wellingtonians will notice warmer nights and colder days…but almost no change in the actual temperature. “Overnight lows in the Capital will be around 8 or 9 this week, significantly warmer than the weekend. However a cloudy and cold south easterly will ensure the day time temperatures don’t rise more than a degree from the overnight low. Highs of only 9 and 10 are expected”.
“It’s unusual to have so many days with easterlies in winter. It’s just the pattern we’re in at the moment”.