More rain and showers are coming to dry northern regions of both islands. A new low in the eastern Tasman Sea will head south over the next 24 hours, bringing rain and showers to the North Island and a burst of heavy rain for the upper South Island.
“Tomorrow may still be cloudy across many regions but humidity will increase as a more sub-tropcial airflow spills southwards over the country” says head weather analyst Philip Duncan.
“The good news is that this will be another top-up for dry areas in the north – and will finally bring some relief into dry parts of the upper South Island too”.
However there are some severe risks on Wednesday say WeatherWatch.co.nz.
Isolated thunderstorms are possible across northern and north western parts of both islands on Wednesday afternoon.
The low moves out to sea on Thursday.
As the low deepens near Northland over the next 24 hours the wind flow around it will pick up (east to north east winds).
Blustery conditions will continue to affect Northland and Auckland and a few other western parts of the North Island today.
During Wednesday a strong to gale east to north east flow will cover NZ. Most regions will be ok but the ranges will help increase these winds and they may become very gusty in some exposed areas, especially if you have ranges/hills to the east.
Winds ease by Thursday for most.
IN A NUTSHELL
Generally speaking this is a small low with a few isolated severe weather risks. For the most part this is positive for our country bringing more rain ahead of what is predicted by government climate scientists to be a dry summer.
– Image / file, Jeanne Griffin
on 16/12/2014 2:49am
How likely is the central canterbury area to get any rainfall over the next few days? Could certainly do with more than the light drizzle patches we’ve been getting!!
on 16/12/2014 8:29am
There will be bits and pieces coming in through to the weekend but nothing overwhelming in the pipeline unfortunately.
A few showers tomorrow late afternoon / evening. Thursday could bring isolated showers but more so for inland areas. Saturday could deliver some rain afternoon / evening as a low moves over but the best risk appears to be further into South Canterbury then drying out further north.
That’s all at the moment..