– Large High moving in
It’s been a wild weekend weather-wise. A huge Antarctic storm brought torrential rain to both islands, severe gales up to hurricane force and record breaking rains in Tasmania.
But the storm’s strong winds are moving out into the Pacific Ocean now and are about to be replaced by calmer conditions thanks to a large high – and that spells some pretty big frosts in the South and a noticeable drop in temperatures for the North.
“All of New Zealand will feel significantly colder during Monday and Tuesday thanks to the cold air sucked up from Antarctica over the weekend. This means a big drop in overnight lows for the deep south, with severe frosts about Central Otago and other inland regions” says the Radio Network’s head weather analyst Philip Duncan.
Hey says temperatures in Central Otago could drop as low as minus 7 overnight Tuesday.
“This will be a brief return to the conditions we had back in July, but the good news is that it will be short lived”.
Duncan says that’s because the next cold front, arriving later in the week, will bring warmer winds.
The stats from our weekend storm:
Wanaka Saturday had thunderstorms and gales that knocked out power.
Hastings reached lower 20’s temperature-wise on Saturday.
Napier had 17 degrees at midnight Saturday (very warm for early August!)
Auckland’s overnight low on Saturday was 15 degrees.
Auckland dropped 4 degrees in 20 minutes when the cold front passed over Sunday morning.
Invercargill went from feeling like the mid-teens on Saturday to minus 2 within an hour or two.
Oamaru dropped 18 degrees overnight Saturday
Dunedin, Wellington, Taranaki, inland Hawke’s Bay, exposed parts of Auckland– all had winds gusting to 100km/h
Hurricane force winds of up to 150km/h lashed Castlepoint.
Part of Tasmania had their wettest 72 hours in 40 years, warnings of bitterly cold weather tonight.
The storm was one of the biggest on the planet at the time.
WEATHER NEWS HEADLINES:
– Atlantic Hurricane season now forecast to be not as intense: US Govt statement following a much quieter than expected season. (worth noting this happened last year too!).
– Spring like temps to return to North Island by Thursday.
– Very warm weekend in Sydney, Aust. Temps around 25 degrees on Saturday.