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Showers, how often and where & when they fall

Trying to predict showers in exact locations is always a challenging task for forecasters and because we’re just small islands surrounded by water a shower seems to pop up almost everyday somewhere in the country.

The main centres are no exception and out of the six cities which one receives more showers than the others?

Does Dunedin see more than its fair share? Christchurch is the driest of the six centres however a prolonged southerly can see showers lasting for a few days. Wellington can be hit from more than one direction.Hamilton sees westerlies bring in a number while Tauranga sees rain at times throughout the year and is vulnerable from the north. Auckland has its moments and they seem to sometimes form without warning.

Of course wind direction plays a major part for all of the cities but not always.
A day like today sees the breezes generally gentle.Showers from cloud build ups are taking place so it goes to show there are always exceptions when there’s instability overhead.

Of the provincial cities Invercargill is exposed to the west, Palmerston North is also open to that direction but not solely. Timaru is protected from the west and Nelson enjoys a dry and mild southerly on occasion.

Rotorua and Whangarei see showers off and on so whether it’s an inland or coastal city they seem to sweep in at anytime of the season.

Showers can be a nuisance and yet without them we could possibly see prolonged dry spells as rainbands aren’t necessarily that frequent in all areas.

So love them or hate them it seems they’re here to stay!


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