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Southerly gone for now but…

A week from now and one computer model is picking a low near New Zealand which could possibly deliver snow to low levels, if not sea level in some eastern areas of the South Island.

The models are inconsistent at this point and are waivering however one has remained true and if it’s prediction is correct, more snow showers and strong southerlies could yet again take a swipe at the Mainland and this time over a potential 48-72 hours.” I’m always cautious when it comes to some of the models making bold predictions this far in advance” says Weather Analyst Richard Green. ” The last one 2 weeks ago saw all the models singing from the same hymn book but it’s always a tricky business. It doesn’t mean it will come to fruition and if it does the timing isn’t the best with the lambing season about to get underway” Mr Green says.

Today across the south temperatures should rise after yesterdays brief southerly flick which saw some snow showers fall in Queenstown and Oxford according to a couple of WeatherWatch readers. It seemed to be more of a flurry for those who did receive snow but the wind was very strong with gusts nearing the 100kph mark in exposed coastal districts in eastern areas.

Auckland also saw heavy downpours yesterday with blustery conditions which made it feel quite wintry. Today conditions in the city are expected to be in stark contrast.

Much of the country is expected to see sunshine today with a pleasant afternoon but a cool to cold night ahead to follow.




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kylie on 9/08/2011 11:22pm

what is the weekend going to be like over the lower south island?

Guest on 8/08/2011 9:15pm

GFS still showing The very cold outbreak on sunday/Monday, It looks colder than the cold change late July. 850 temps near -10 and thickness around 515dm. Also looks like there much more moisture as well.

Andrew on 8/08/2011 2:36am

Any year that there isn’t a cold snap where lamb deaths are significant is an unusual one. Farmers know that they’ll generall lose a proportion of lambs and accept that. Lambing later means smaller lambs and less value. It’s just the way it is. Any farmer that complains about significant lamb loss in August or September due to cold weather is really a bit dim.

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