April 2014 has been similar to April 2013 with dramatic rain events rushing in to undo any of the big dry that had set in during the first quarter of the year. As we head into May the first week is looking typically autumnal with a strong westerly flow bringing in rain bands, gales, more sun and then maybe more snow for the ranges.
The weather this weekend will be mostly settled leading up to the incoming change around Monday next week.
By Monday morning the first main front will cross the North Island – it may well break up with localised heavy downpours and even thunder, but generally speaking doesn’t look to be a widespread amount of rain.
Wind flows across most of the country will be nor’west with strongest gusts around the South Island early next week.
By the middle of next week conditions may be calming down a bit for most main centres, especially in the North Island, but by next Friday and into next weekend (May 9, 10, 11) expect a strong Autumn front to sweep in with potential gales and then a cold southerly by Sunday the 11th which may see heavy snow falling on the South Island ranges.
This change in about 10 days time may well be the coldest change so far this year – so we’ll keep you posted over the next week about its potential.
– Image / File, David Hawke
on 30/04/2014 3:11am
Thank you Phil for that warning about the big cold Southerly with snow to the Sth Isld ranges. I really appreciate knowing that, as it gives me 10 days to prepare for a very cold blasting and plenty of time to get stuff into shelter. Canterbury argh makes us freezing cold.
The SE has cooled right off now. The SE popped up with a windchill of 4.5 last night and an SW of 6.5C … must be the Southern Alps at it again, as we were colder than Wellington. Of all things, the actual S wasn’t bad at 10.6C. 2014 is really weird for us with multiple winds at once of all differing temps. The Southerlies have been almost verging on stupid at times for this. Sou Westers are such trouble makers this year and cold. Been a lot of SW v SE, more than ever, which does not bode well for winter.
on 29/04/2014 11:41pm
Such a beautiful pic!