A weekend of “semi tropical” weather is on the way for much of New Zealand as a mild, humid northerly flow spreads down from the north.
The Radio Network’s Head Weather Analyst Philip Duncan says there’ll be a real mixture of sun, low cloud and drizzle. “A northerly flow will bring air from well north of the country across the entire nation”.
Light but warm northerly breezes will also lift the temperatures “We could see temperatures in Gisborne, Hawke’s Bay and Wairarapa of around 20 degrees and even into the late teens about Southland and Otago”.
Philip Duncan says there’ll be drizzle patches in many north facing regions especially tonight and tomorrow morning with plenty of sun across New Zealand Saturday. “It’s not going to be hot, but will be semi-tropical with high humidity and no frosts in any towns or cities”.
“The only severe weather could be some heavy rain on the South Island’s west coast on Sunday and perhaps some strong winds about Wellington and Southland tomorrow”.
Duncan says some forecast models at the Weather Watch Centre are predicting rain to move across NZ on Sunday. “Weather.com is predicting a 70% chance for rain on Sunday but the weather pattern we have at the moment is very, very slow and quite unpredictable”.
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