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Mostly settled week begins

The weather may not be perfect but mostly settled conditions are expected this week as a very wide high slips in from Australia.

The anticyclone is wide but not very tall – meaning central, eastern and inland areas should have a mostly sunny, calm week but the very top and bottom of the country should have more of a mixture of weather on the edge of this high.

Low cloud is trapped along western areas today affecting Auckland, Waikato and down towards Taranaki.

In Southland cool winds from the westerly quarter will dominate for the next couple of days bringing a couple of showers and cool weather, but the weather should bounce back to sunny and settled later in the week.

Meanwhile it’s the opposite weather at the other end of the country with easterlies building around the middle of the week and rain clouds developing by the end of the week as the high starts to weaken over the north and a low tries to move in.



Steve on 30/05/2011 12:29am

Is it difficult to predict the weather for Auckland at the minute? I am near One Tree Hill and its drizzling. General forecasts yesterday seemed (to me)to indicate some sun for today.

WW Forecast Team on 30/05/2011 1:00am

Hi Steve, some anticyclonic gloom (low cloud) caught under this high.  It can be tricky to predict – especially the small spits of rain/drizzle that get caught up in it.  We added a 5% chance of rain last night to cover this – but probably should have lifted it to 15%…and pointed out the risk of a light shower.  It can be a bit tough to forecast at such an acute level.  The risk remains today and tomorrow.

– WW

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