With the weather soon to settle due to anticyclones there isn’t much on the menu in terms of severe weather. The only thing the atmosphere looks to be cooking up anytime soon is a few periods of strong northwesterly winds about the lower South Island.
Overnight tonight a front approaches from the southwest, winds will reach gale from the northwest about southern Fiordland and may gust to gale about inland Southland and inland Otago for a time. These winds will ease about the lower South Island on Saturday morning however breezy westerlies will continue about Southland.
As the front pushes further north northwesterlies may be strong at times about inland Canterbury on Saturday from late morning and through the afternoon then easing in the evening. Strong to gale northwesterlies also develop about Cook Strait on Saturday afternoon then ease at night.
Following that another front approaches the lower South Island overnight on Saturday and will bring strong west to northwest winds about the Southland coastline however winds may keep below gale this time. Westerlies will remain fairly gust through till Monday morning about Southland then will finally ease as an anticyclone pushes in from the Tasman Sea.
Homepage image / Saturday 19th January 1am wind map – weathermap.co.nz