A current of warm, humid, air from Queensland will be responsible for giving the country a mostly cloudy, damp and humid weekend, says head weather analyst Philip Duncan. “The high air pressure now over New Zealand means the rain clouds will be limited in height, so a lot of low cloud and drizzle is likely especially in northern regions today and Saturday. On Sunday more substantial rain bands will move in from the west with western parts of central New Zealand most exposed”.
Duncan says the mild, humid, weather is more proof that La Nina has arrived. “Northern New Zealand will especially be susceptible to humid weather this month and right through Summer”.
With heavier cloud cover temperatures aren’t expected to be as high during the days this weekend, with late teens more common that early twenties, but Duncan says overnight lows will jump. “In Auckland temperatures dropped as low 5 degrees at night this week, this weekend they’ll be closer to 15”.
Meanwhile a front in the South Island should bring brief rain to most places on Sunday. “It could be several more days until we see more stunning weather like we did at the start of this week”.