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Southwesterly easing – The Big Picture on Tuesday

The gusty south to southwesterly airflow eases away during the morning on Tuesday, as a ridge of high pressure pushes in from the Tasman Sea – meaning an end to the squally, blustery and stormy conditions we saw to start the week.

Early showers clear the whole North Island before sunny areas increase while winds blow cool from the south or southwest – though easing during the day. 
Winds may be fairly strong – with a risk of gales again – about Cook Strait & Wellington to start the day, before dropping away.

For the South Island, any early showers clear coastal parts of the east coast, then conditions become mostly sunny, with cool southwesterly winds dying out in the afternoon.
The West Coast becomes mostly sunny in the morning, with southwesterlies dying away, though cloud increases again by evening – with rain then moving in overnight.

– Aaron Wilkinson & Drew Chappell,


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