Snow for Aussie capital
– A mild, frost free, week for most of New Zealand
It doesn’t happen too often but so far this month it’s been consistent. Some parts of Australia are well below average for this of year making New Zealand look like the place to holiday if you want a little warmth! This morning in Sydney it’s currently 3 degrees well below its average and far below Auckland which is currently on 11 degrees. “Both Sydney’s overnight lows and day time highs have been either equal to or a few degrees below Auckland for the past few weeks and this week is no different” says Head Weather Analyst Philip Duncan from TRN. “The lows in the Tasman which have been feeding down warm air over the North Island have been sending bitterly cold air up Australia’s east coast”.
Mr Duncan says it’s worth pointing out that Sydney has the same latitude as Cape Reinga.
Forecasters are tonight and tomorrow expecting snow to fall in Canberra. “However due to the dryness of the air it shouldn’t be very heavy”.
And it’s the mild air from the current low centred near Auckland’s west coast which will mean a frost free week for the North Island and most of the South. “I’m starting to wonder if our coldest weather has already been, due to this easterly pattern we seem to be stuck in”. However a large high set to move in early next week could see a return to clear skies and frosty mornings across the country. “We’re just not seeing the usual cold southerlies this year, certainly over the North Island anyway”.