An intense low in the Tasman Sea is now starting to affect northern New Zealand with clouds rolling in and a few light showers spreading across the eastern half of Northland.
Winds are picking up in the Far North and are spreading southwards. The low isn’t likely to make a direct hit on the North Island but will cross the lower South Island during the weekend.
Despite the low not making landfall in a populated area (Fiordland most likely) the storm will affect a number of centres this weekend. Check back for updates on which regions will get the rain and wind.
The low is quite deep and in the latest weather maps it looks quite impressive.
Click “Read More” for the current extremes across New Zealand…
The warmest centres are Kaikohe and Tauranga on 17 degrees this hour.
The coldest place is Wanaka on 6.
The wettest place is eastern parts of Northland with a few showers about.
The windiest place Cape Reinga with near gale force winds and gusts over 80km/h. Auckland and Wellington are a little breezy with gusts over 30km/h – which isn’t much.
on 23/04/2009 4:00am
I have LOTS of washing to do tomorrow but i see there’s a chance of late showers in Auckland. How late will those showers be and will they be in West Auckland?
Thanks!! : )
on 23/04/2009 4:22am
We were just discussing in the office yesterday about creating a washing forecast – NZers love to dry their washing outdoors!
The forecast is for cloudy weather (like it is right now) and the risk of 1 or 2 brief isolated showers. I dry my washing outside too and would feel safe doing it tomorrow even though a few showers might creep in. Check our Auckland forecast in the morning – our next big data update comes through quite early in the day. We also monitor the rain radar very closely (updates every 7 minutes at our end) and we relay anything from that in to our forecasts.
on 22/04/2009 10:53pm
What do you think that means for the weekend weather in Auckland Phil??
Got lots of sporting activities planned!
on 22/04/2009 11:33pm
Hey Mel – the earlier the better basically. This is the latest data:
Sat AM: 20 percent chance of precipitation.
Sat PM: 60 percent chance of precipitation.
It’s 80% for Northland so we’re confident of heavy rain in Northland but possibly fading out around the Auckland region, or at least arriving later in the day. Will have a much better idea in our 4pm update.