Wednesday for more than 75% of us was clear and sunny but rain with some heavy falls moved across parts of Northland and Auckland so a soggy day rather unexpectedly saw healthy rainfall totals.
Tonight appears cool to cold for more than half of us but a milder northerly is slowly drifting over the south and a nor’ easter over the top will keep the mercury a little above average tonight.
“The next week or two looks changeable” says head weather analyst Philip Duncan. ” The rain that hung about the north today was once unusual but lately it seems to almost be the norm that it lasts for most of the day”.
Thursday isn’t looking settled at either end of the country but central New Zealand should see the most sunshine.
“Tonight looks chilly for a fair chunk of the country” says weather analyst Richard Green and even though a frost might form in some areas it could be another couple of nights before they get going again.
The band of rain up north today surprised me as I thought it would remain mostly offshore but it decided to deliver quite a reasonable fall to Auckland city and other surrounding areas”.
The reason the frosts will struggle over the next day or two is mainly due to the disturbance up north but also an incoming front moving up from the south with winds associated with both systems.
Temperatures could lift a little over middle New Zealand during Thursday but Friday looks cool to cold over eastern and southern parts of both islands.
The weekend still looks mostly sunny as a high envelops the nation for both days with Mother’s day still looking good on Sunday.