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Mid-morning update

North Island:  Cloudy.  South Island:  Sunny.  Two very different set ups this morning across New Zealand as cloud from a front and developing low drapes over the North Island while skies clear across the South Island.

The low, which is developing north of New Zealand, may bring heavy rain to parts of East Cape and Gisborne today and overnight.

Meanwhile a high moving in from from the west will bring light winds and sunny weather to the South Island today with frosts possible in sheltered places tonight.

In the North Island heavy rain will continue to spread across Central Plateau and Taupo this morning and east across northern Hawkes Bay, Gisborne and East Cape.  Sunny spells should develop in other North Island places although from about Auckland or southern Northland northwards cloudy conditions may reform as that low deepens north of the country pushing cloud southwards.

The low is forecast to drift east and weaken and will not be a major feature.

As of 10:30am it was 15 in Auckland, the warmest centre in the country, 3 in Waiouru, the coldest North Island centre while the South Island has a strange contrast with 11 degrees right along the West Coast being the warmest region but the coldest spot is Milford only a little further south with 2.

The windiest part of the country is the lower North Island.


Andrew on 19/08/2009 11:17am

Hey you guys are great but just a small thing….. What happened to Aucklands rain Tuesday night into Wednesday then clearing???? I woke up to a very dry deck and not a drop fell today….. I am just wondering…..


WW Forecast Team on 19/08/2009 8:27pm

Hey Andrew,

The front that was coming completely weakened before reaching Auckland.  It was also a possibility with the low creating the front so far south of NZ… but the radar images clearly showed a large band of rain to the west at 7pm on Tuesday so we kept it in the forecast.  But, as you say, it didn’t arrive!  Just one of those frustrating things that we find happens in Auckland rather a lot…the rain bands just fall apart before reaching Auckland…but they arrive in western Waikato and parts of Northland!


Philip Duncan


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