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October may be windier than September

September started off fairly calm, but as predicted by back in August a westerly pattern change kicked in around mid-month (Canterbury wind storm) and is now set in across the country.

Yesterday prepared another monthly report for Fonterra and this time we’re saying these strong westerly winds are here to stay for the weeks ahead.  “October looks to be windier overall and while it may not be as extreme as those Canterbury winds back in September it does look as though more regions will have more wind especially around the middle of the month” says head weather analyst Philip Duncan.

“Weeks two and three of October look quite unsettled with large lows crossing the South Island or central New Zealand bringing strong to gale force winds for central and eastern areas and heavy rain for western regions”.

Heavy showers may also have thunder as the spring mix of warm and cool air continues.

“We see a couple of big lows in the coming weeks, everything is running text book for September and October so far.  This is the peak of spring now and the stormier weather should taper off as we head into November”.

If you love sunny, warm, weather there are some silver linings says Mr Duncan.  “Spring bounces back quickly – so a windy cold day can be replaced by a warm, sunny, calm day 24 hours later”.

OCTOBER – Generally Speaking…

Sunniest regions for the month ahead are likely to be Bay of Plenty, Gisborne and Hawkes Bay.

Wettest will be Fiordland and the West Coast.

Windiest will be eastern and central NZ.

Driest will likely be the eastern coastline of both islands


– Image / Wellington, Sam Hall



Joshuadev100 on 1/10/2013 5:38am

Which one will Auckland be under? Hopefully Sunniest or driest

Guest on 30/09/2013 11:20pm

isn’t that usually a given??

WW Forecast Team on 1/10/2013 1:33am

Every year is different – but yes, usually it’s windier in October than it is in September.  This story is pointing out that this year October is expected to be very normal weather-wise as opposed to full of unusual extremes or opposite weather conditions. So that means a windy month with a few severe weather events.

Cheers 🙂
Phil D

Guest on 1/10/2013 1:56am

Thanks Phil,

Is it fair to say that we are still in the ‘chaotic’ weather pattern, not influence either by La Nina or El Nino?


sw on 30/09/2013 9:00pm

Forgot Auckland also as one of the windiest.

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