Humid and wet in the North
Dry and sunny in the Centre and South
It’s been a week of low cloud, heavy rain, and humid easterlies over northern New Zealand while the rest of the country has bathed in sunny, dry, conditions…so is this what Summer is set to be like? TRN’s head weather analyst, Philip Duncan, explains:
“I wouldn’t be too quick to write off summer if you live in the north. After a stunning and very dry November we have now shifted into a text-book La Nina weather pattern, with an enormous high out to the east, feeding humid, wet, weather to the north east. Long range forecasts prepared by weather.com show these humid easterlies to continue for Auckland, and other regions north of Taupo, for the rest of this week, but a change to westerlies and dry weather is looking increasingly likely next week”.
Overnight temperatures in Auckland have been hovering near 20 degrees for the past few nights, exceptionally warm for so early in December, while winds during the weekend gusted to over 100km/h in the Far North and along the Hauraki Gulf.
Meanwhile farmers in Hawkes Bay will be relieved that the much needed rain has arrived. “Hopefully we’ll see some more rain for Hawkes Bay this week, perfect grass growing weather with the warmth”.
The South Island and southern parts of the North Island are forecast to have a dry, sunny, summer thanks to a weak La Nina. “That’s still looking very likely, and my advice to farmers especially in Central Otago and Marlborough is to conserve water and be prepared for a very dry summer”.