+ YOUR WEATHER FORECAST FOR THE FIRST 2 DAYS OF SUMMER!
Rain is at last in the forecast today (Friday) for parched farms across the North Island’s east coast. Following more than a year and a half of long dry spells there’s still no immediate signs of significant rains returning, however TRN’s head weather analyst Philip Duncan says rain today will be a welcome sight. “Rain or showers should spread into the region during Friday afternoon as front brushes by and a low forms over Hawkes Bay”.
One of the world’s largest forecasters, Weather.com, is predicting a 60% chance of rain in Hawkes Bay for Friday afternoon, rising to 70% in the evening then falling to 30% on Saturday morning. Meanwhile New Zealand’s government forecast agency, MetService, is predicting a moderate risk of thunderstorms during Friday afternoon covering Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Central Plateau, Gisborne and Hawkes Bay.
“It should be enough to green up the grass and refill some water tanks, but the heavy rain falls will certainly be contained in small pockets” says Duncan. “Not everyone will get a decent downpour”.
TRN’s Weather Watch Centre is also monitoring a potential low that could develop in the Coral Sea and drift towards the upper North Island later next week. “The models aren’t consistent at this stage but one model is predicting a low could move our way bringing strong winds and rain to northern and eastern parts of the North Island mid to late next week…I’d say about a 30% likelihood at this stage”.
WEEKEND WEATHER – THE FIRST 2 DAYS OF SUMMER!
MEANWHILE the rest of the country is in for a pretty good weekend as Summer 07/08 kicks off, according to our Weather Watch Centre. “A large high will move onto the South Island during Friday meaning mostly calm and dry weather this Saturday and Sunday. Some coastal cloud is possible however and the overnight lows could be chilly, but daytime highs will be good”.
In the North Island the messy wet weather should clear most places during Saturday morning, with a few showers lingering about East Cape. Sunday is expected to be a cracker of a day everywhere in the North, and Duncan warns that burn times are now at Extreme. “That means those who burn easily, will start to burn in just 5 or 6 minutes during the middle of the day – pretty crazy when you think about it!”. He says we should avoid the sun between 10am and 2pm if we want to avoid the worst of the sun.