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RainWatch – Monday 01st January 2018

A fairly slack pressure gradient lies over New Zealand today which brings a mixed bag of weather, it’s not overly wet but a few regions may see showers or some rain. The lower South Island has the driest, sunniest and warmest weather today.

For the upper North Island there may be a shower or two about during today but expect many dry spells also. Some rain may clip far northeasatern parts of Northland. A few showers affect the lower western North Island, more so this morning then dry spells start to become a little more frequent from afternoon although showers will still be about. Wellington and the Wairarapa are the other two regions that may see a few showers this afternoon / evening. Hawkes Bay and Gisborne have a great day with east to northeast breezes.

For the South Island expect some rain for Tasman, Nelson and the Marlborough Sounds. This will ease in the afternoon becoming patchy. Marlborough sees a few patchy showers for much of the day, more so north of the Wairau Valley, becoming drier further south. North Westland may see a shower or two, more so inland about hills and ranges in the afternoon while the coast could pick up a shower in the morning.

Elsewhere across the South Island is looking mainly dry, there could be a light morning drizzle patch for the foothills of Canterbury then the low risk of an isolated shower about the hills and ranges of the high country about Canterbury late afternoon / evening.

Either way, as mentioned in this mornings forecast, have a great day and stay safe!

Image – Monday 01st January 1pm MSLP / Rain map –


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