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Rain, glorious rain – now prepare for dry

Rain and showers, sometimes heavy, continue to fall across many parts of New Zealand tonight bringing huge relief to farmers and gardeners across the nation after a very dry end to spring. has for weeks been receiving emails from concerned farmers nationwide as rain numbers tumble and many regions dry out – before summer had even started.  

However the rain at the moment is doing a great job at reversing this trend across a number of areas, especially the north and east of NZ which has seen less rain than this time last year.

On Friday a southerly will turn the rain to showers but while that process is happening the wet weather will push into Otago and Canterbury, two other very dry regions.

However as has been warning all week, those who rely on rain water may need to take note of the incoming dry weather.

A number of reliable models are picking a series of high pressure bubbles to cross central New Zealand – bringing settled, dry, sunny weather to the middle of the country and dry but cloudy at times weather for the upper north and lower south.

One model yesterday was picking a potential sub-tropical low at the end of next week, however the high looks powerful enough to stop it from heading south towards us.

The dry weather may last up to two weeks for some areas – but the luck of the dry may run out just in time for Christmas.  We will confirm a Christmas Day forecast next week.

In the meantime we have a south west change spreading across New Zealand on Friday and Saturday which will kill off the humidity currently impacting northern NZ. 

By Sunday we expect mostly settled and dry weather across New Zealand with warm days and cooler nights returning.




Dave on 6/12/2012 7:09pm

Hi Phil

Looks like you may be right about the sub troppo maybe next weekend. Maps are now suggesting that I see. At least that might get it out of the way before Xmas.

The tropics have been very quiet lately which has to change sooner or later I guess.


Andrew on 6/12/2012 9:42am

Spectacular lightning and thunder at 10:30pm at Mapua. Just driven from Upper Moutere where torrential rain started at 10pm, probably around the 15/20mm an hour rate. Pockets of hail too. May miss much of Nelson as it’s mainly south of here.

Lisa on 6/12/2012 9:09am

whats the weather in Pakuranga Auckland meant to do on Saturday?? Its my girls birthday and it pours every year on her day!

hitadmin on 6/12/2012 9:30am

Hi there Lisa, sorry there may be a few showers about on Saturday but hopefully not enough to wet every suburb – you might be in one of the lucky ones!  Keep an eye on our forecasts as Saturday is the transition day from a rough Friday to a calm Sunday.



Dave on 5/12/2012 7:18pm

Looks like the summer easterlies will be with us all next week in the north. Maybe that is really the first sign of summer after all of the persistent westerlies over recent weeks?


hitadmin on 6/12/2012 9:31am

Yep was noticing the same thing for those of us in the north Dave!  Friday and Saturday will feel like spring then summer drifts in 🙂


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