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Showers skirt the nation’s coastlines

The skies continue to dry out this evening following a rough 72 hours of squalls, hail and heavy downpours.  As we head into Thursday evening the wind flow across the country is mostly south west – the same angle that much of the nation’s shore lines point, which means a lot of the shower activity is now running up the coastlines but for big sections of the country they are well offshore.

With the lower South Island considerably wider than the middle section, it means most showers are missing Canterbury, as the lower South Island shelters areas further north – although Banks Peninsula is getting hit by strong southerlies and showers, with snow expected above 400m.

Showers are also coming into parts of Southland and coastal Otago.

Showers are affecting Wairarapa’s coastline but mostly missing Hawkes Bay.

On the West Coast much lighter showers are moving in around Greymouth while mostly light showers are moving into western areas of the North Island, mostly Taranaki, Auckland, Waikato and Northland. 

Tomorrow the showers will continue to get smaller, more isolated and few and far between.

Dry weather should be in place for over 95% of the country by the weekend,.

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Stuart on 29/06/2012 12:15am

From the look of the maps for late next week, something big and cold seems to be coming.
Any predictions what this will bring?

WW Forecast Team on 29/06/2012 3:18am

Hi Stuart, at this stage we think a southerly change could be quite likely – if today’s maps are correct we could see snow to sea level in Southland, Otago and this time Canterbury – however it’s still far too early to be sure, especially for Canterbury – as wind direction is key.  We’ll keep you posted!

– WW

Peter of Dunedin on 28/06/2012 8:02am

It’s been a wild and woolley day here in Dunedin with frequent squalls of rain and hail – mostly at almost horizontal level and temps of around 4 to 5 deg C.although it did warm up to 6.4 deg C between one of the frequent showers! Wind and shower activity have eased and there is much more clear sky. If the wind dies down to zephyr proportions before dawn we will be in for one memorable morning of black ice – a panel beater’s dream!

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