A front moves north over the upper South Island this morning then onto the North Island this afternoon. Areas of precipitation mainly out west with dry weather in the east. Later this evening a cold southwesterly surge moves into the far south bringing some rain.
Central North Island, Waikato & Bay Of Plenty
Eastern North Island
Western North Island
By Weather Analyst Aaron Wilkinson – WeatherWatch.co.nz
on 21/02/2014 6:48pm
I have noticed over the years that our weather patterns tend to follow the northern hemisphere, ie when they have a bad winter – so do we. Is this likely? I have read that their weather is caused by a speeding up of the Gulf stream winds or something like that.
It would be kind of nice to have a cold – but not wet winter! If you have any inkling of this years winter would be kind of nice to know – out here in the ‘boondocks’ i’m wondering how much firewood to get in and how much hay I will need!
on 21/02/2014 8:55pm
HI there – at this stage we expect the current weather pattern to continue in to winter – but in a country as small as ours, in the middle of the roaring 40s, it’s very tricky to long term predict winter weather conditions – a slight shift in highs/lows can make the difference between a lot of snow or very little. We will have a much better idea as we go through April, at the moment we expect summer conditions to continue into March :). El Nino may return by Spring – that sees more highs in the Tasman, often drier weather in central and eastern parts of NZ and cloudier and cooler weather in the west.