– Severe gales possible in the South
– Warm in the North
Warmer weather is set to spread over New Zealand and the Radio Network’s head weather analyst Philip Duncan says the news few days will feel more “spring like”.
Duncan says a huge storm south of New Zealand will push against a large high in the Tasman, creating some very strong winds over the country. “North westerlies are likely to pick up during Thursday and peak on Friday and Saturday. Winds may reach severe gale force in exposed eastern areas in the South Island”.
The nor’wester is also expected to create warmer temperatures again over the country. “New Zealand should be frost-free for the rest of the week and weekend with highs into the late teens for the east coast of both Islands”.
Global weather giant weather.com is predicting no frosts for Central Otago until next week. “The South Island is going to be dominated by warmer north west or northerly winds for several days. For example Queenstown isn’t expected to dip below zero until at least Monday with very few frosts next week”
And it’s not looking good for ski fields, with rain and higher freezing levels this weekend. Wind and rain showers are expected to dominate conditions on Mt Ruapehu for Saturday and Sunday. Weather.com is predicting a high of 10 degrees in Waiouru on Saturday with Duncan saying lows will be “no way near freezing point” until next week.