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“Stunning” outdoors weekend on the way says the incoming weather for the weekend looks to be excellent for those wanting to get outdoors and make the most of the remaining warm weather as we slowly slide towards Winter.

Head weather analyst Philip Duncan says a “huge high” will be anchored firmly over the nation – and apart from a few clouds the weekend looks dry, mostly sunny and calm.  “The weather is looking stunning across the country this weekend.  While we do expect a few cloudy areas, which we almost always do with large highs over New Zealand, the overall picture is that the country will be 99 to 100% dry with light winds and average temperatures”.

Mr Duncan says it will be a good chance for people to get outdoors, get the washing done, mow the lawns, get into the garden or hit the beaches.

“Don’t forget to still wear sunscreen.  While the temperatures are very much Autumn-like the sun’s rays are still packing a lot of radiation and damage to your skin is still likely in a fairly short amount of time, so we still need to think of sun protection”. says when a large high rolls in there is often the risk of anticyclonic gloom, low cloud trapped under the centre of the high and no winds to break the clouds up.

“Anti-cyclonlic gloom is common in coastal places like Auckland and Christchurch but at this stage we think there may be just enough of a breeze to keep any clouds from standing still for too long, but we’ll be monitoring that more closely once the weekend arrives – generally speaking, the weekend is looking like one of the best this year for those who like settled weather”.

– Homepage image / File, Diane Cooper



Derek on 20/04/2012 4:26am

Whangarei anti cyclonic gloom all day, very miserable & cool. Hope weekend is better..most of summer was like this..

Guest on 20/04/2012 2:02am

Not much joy for us in having these huge anticyclones…the inevitable carpet of grey soon dispels any hope of experiencing a reasonably sunny day!!

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