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Pockets of rain & high temps this week

Summer may have spluttered into gear on Sunday for some people but make no mistake hotter weather is moving in already.  The next few days see a high departing to the Pacific – and as usual in this set up, we have a northerly flow pushing down over the country.

Coupled with this will be a small sub-tropical low, helping to feed in humid winds from the northerly quarter.

Rain this week will be patchy and again, like last week, it will be ‘hit and miss’.

“Farmers and those who rely on rain water still need plenty more rain in the upper North Island as last week failed to deliver soaking rains to the majority of those who need it most” says head weather analyst Philip Duncan.  “This weaker low will bring even less rain overall but farmers in the northern half of the North Island will be exposed to heavy isolated downpours from late Tuesday to Thursday”.

Meanwhile a seperate and bigger low will push near the South Island by the end of the week – with a hot nor’wester ahead of it.  The low may well miss the majority of regions rainwise but the strong winds will push temperatures inland and out east up to the late 20s, possibly early 30s by Friday and then eastern areas of the North Island across Friday and Saturday. is predicting a drier month ahead overall – meaning the demand for rain makers will likely increase as we head towards Christmas. will keep a close eye on future rain makers and continue the daily conversation over the summer months via our connections with CountryTV, Fonterra, NIWA and various regional authorities.

– Image / File, Claud Therond



Derek on 3/12/2013 12:17am

Hi WW, Up here in Northland we have had a heap of rain over the whole area this morning, eased a bit now in the early afternoon but way more than anyone predicted.

Here in Whangarei the temp has only made 19deg so far which is way down on the last two weeks or more and Metservice have put a rain warning out so maybe we are going to get a lot more.

We certainly need it so I reckon most people will welcome it.

Chris Johnson on 2/12/2013 6:47pm

We had a frost this morning after a cold crisp NE/SE night and I guessed why – anticyclone  … but I mean to say it is December. This morning Mountain Cirrus was coming across the ranges in waves and the mountain it crossed over behind us was white.  Chronic, it must be that low down cirrus freezing the mountains here!  The mountain behind us condensed like hell, with the warmer air heading in Wellington’s direction … northerly in the making. 

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