The spring weather continues today for many parts of the country with temperatures expected to be above normal for a majority of the nation, as the spring nor’ wester makes its presence felt, particularly over central and southern provinces.
Today is a repeat performance of yesterday as a warm Nor’ west flow moves in and continues to head north over southern and central parts of the country.
As of 2pm it was 23 degrees in Timaru with 22 in Christchurch and Dunedin and 18s and 19s across Southland, Marlborough, Manawatu, Waikato, north Auckland and eastern parts of Northland.
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This is a common occurrence during the spring months, however it may only last for a little more than 24 hours across parts of the mainland, as a front is expected to move through tomorrow. Further north though, fog maybe an issue for some this morning but is expected to clear to reveal sunny skies and warm temperatures.
Due to the West Coast being exposed to the northwesterly, temperatures may only be in the low to mid teens with cloud creeping into Greymouth, Hokitika and Westport throughout the day.
Out west it looks like Haast and Milford Sound are likely to see steady rain moving in, with the heaviest falls in Fiordland.
Central and northern parts of the North island should see quite a bit of sunshine (after the clearance of any fog)with mild temperatures and a hint of a seabreeze in coastal areas. Further south, a mantle of high cloud may obscure the sun at times but between Nelson and Dunedin, the rays should be felt quite strongly.
Weather Analysts Richard Green/Philip Duncan.