Conditions may still be very dry – and worse than they were a year ago for some in the North Island – but as predicted by WeatherWatch.co.nz last month the mid-April showers are stepping up and should intensfy in the coming days.
Some areas in the east have had good totals – over 100mms in the eastern ranges of the lower North Island – but only some spillover into drought-like Manawatu.
The surge of showers this Friday and weekend for some North Island areas will again be eastern focused (although this time around Coromandel/BOP northwards). While it will not be widespread it will bring more relief to dry parts of Coromandel, Auckland, Bay of Plenty and hopefully Waikato too.
Some heavy falls are also possible – in localised areas and coupled with heat we may see a few heavy isolated showers popping up elsewhere inland furth south.
Be sure to check out our latest Rain Maps to track where the most intense rain/showers will be.
on 10/04/2014 2:52am
The SW has been a pain this year in Paekok, we’ve had lots of it. It is stronger and colder than normal. It seems to be coming off the Sthrn Alps via mountains east of Nelson and out through the Sounds. We got “Southerlied” this morning with some rather nasty and cold wind gusts. Was SE v SW as well as big rogue S v N/NE gusts, with the SE straight off our mountain dominating and bringing down a wave with it. It was like everything was converging here, so good thing we are high pressure at 1008-1010 all day. Still well down on Wellington’s 1019 though. Started off a very pleasant morning with a clear sky, so I went to the coast for a stroll, and vroom, the top of our beach was torn off by the converging SW/SE wind. Thought I might see a ‘mountainado’ with the SE/SW, but the cold wave sent me home. (The big dust devils with the SE/SW shear we get here are likely mountainadoes rather than dust devils) Pretty good now though, not much wind and 1.5 mm from the drizzly rain.