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RainWatch – Tracking showers today and beyond

Isolated showers are the only feature across the North Island this morning and you’d have to be in the right place at the right time to spot one.Hamilton though has seen one or two move through.

The Mainland is a different situation as a front over the lower half is expected to continue to sweep northwards this afternoon.

Showers have been pecking away at Southland this morning and are moving across parts of Otago as a southerly freshens.

Another front is also due to swing by later on Friday and early Saturday and again seeing the cooler southerlies pick up over eastern areas of the South island and perhaps contain a shower or two.
Again the lower half of the West Coast could see a band of showers or rain ahead of the front at the end of the week. 

The biggest rainmaker over the next couple of weeks still appears to be from the 17/18th of March where rain is spreading over much of the South Island and by the 19th/20th it appears parts of the north and east of the North Island could also see light to moderate falls.We’re putting the chance between 30-40% at this stage.

Back at the end of February WeatherWatch predicted there was a chance of rain for the middle of the month and at this point the risk still remains.

“Even late last month it seemed that the situation would slowly change and even though there’s no guarantee of this coming off the possibility is still there” says Head Weather Analyst Philip Duncan.”The overall picture appears to be quite messy at that time with more disturbances moving about and hopefully one will provide a bit of relief in terms of steady rain”.

A few scattered showers could also develop on Tuesday and Wednesday next week but mainly over central and eastern parts of the South Island with the risk only between 20-25%

In the main though an anticyclone is refusing to let up over the next ten days and it’s continuing to deliver dry and often sunny skies for much of New Zealand.



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