Not really feeling like it’s the depths of winter today for some is it? Some eastern regions got up to 16 to 17 degrees this afternoon. Looking into the future there isn’t any very cold wintry outbreaks due either, not necessarily perfect blue dome days coming up for all though.
To tonight’s overnight lows, just an average night. Frosty conditions are possible about some inland and eastern parts of the South Island, mainly Canterbury where lows could dip to 0 degrees in spots. The warmest overnight temperatures go to Northland and Wellington on 11 to 12 degrees.
Temperatures a little warmer than average for most on Tuesday, Northland will see the warmest afternoon highs as a sub tropical airmass descends over the far north. The coldest day time highs will likely be about Southland on 10 to 11 degrees.
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By Weather Analyst Aaron Wilkinson – WeatherWatch.co.nz
on 10/08/2020 10:40am
Hi, as much as I enjoy spring I still feel sad not to have had much of a winter – not having had snow into the basins down here in the Southern Lakes district for the second year in a row feels rather off. Is this mainly due to higher surrounding sea temperatures? or have there been a higher density of highs and lows that make for messier weather not allowing a good clean blast of polar air up this way? A couple of times the forecast for 5 days time has shown a good southerly storm coming only for them to fade into almost nothing when the day came. It feels like climate change is taking its toll here too already 🙁
on 10/08/2020 7:28pm
Hi there John, we totally understand where you are coming from. While we at WeatherWatch always love the change of seasons we also get that same disappointment when you feel like the season hasn’t been complete. Our theory, which we are investigating now, is that NZ has had more high pressure than usual. It’s a shame Niwa spends their energy competing with MetService in weather and not being climate/atmosphere focused like they once were, as we’d love to know a lot more about the atmospheric reasons as to why NZ is seeing so much high pressure in 2020 (and in 2019 too). Hopefully WeatherWatch can get more info on the air pressure readings over the past year, we’re doing the digging now.