After a bit of a dramatic start to June, hold on to your hats – because the westerly winds are about to return. The late Autumn pattern is fairly normal for this time of the year – just because we as New Zealanders recognise the start of winter on June 1st doesn’t mean Mother Nature does the same.
So after a thundery, wet, start to June – the next couple of weeks change to more westerly quarter winds. Now westerly quarter means anything from a North-North-Westerly all the way around to a South-South-Westerly.
Basically our weather will mainly come from the west (from the Tasman Sea and just south of Australia) with highs to the north of NZ and lows to the south of NZ – this set up tends to encourage cloud and showers for the west, especially the South Island’s west coast. It also brings drier, milder, weather to eastern and northern New Zealand.
But it wont last forever – some models indicate the next colder southerly later in week 3 of June.
The next couple of weeks will, general speaking, be average to above average with temps with a mix of sunny dry days and showery ones.
on 6/06/2015 1:51am
Hi WeatherWatch Like the new graphics easy to read and easy to get! Very hhard to predict but are any models showing any significant snowfalls for higher inland areas of Canterbury in June? We normally get a significant fall in early June up in the headwaters but thankfully not yet and touch wood none at all!
Cheers for your help
on 6/06/2015 1:57pm
Next week on Wednesday could see some snow up in the mountains, depends how far inland you are and how high up. On Wednesday what comes through is more from a westerly direction. The foothills and Canterbury Plains will mostly likely remain snow free.
So say you were up in the Ashburton Lakes area and west of there (generally speaking). You could see 10 to 15cm to 800m and 5 to 10cm down to 500m.
And thanks re the Graphics, Phil and Drew in particular have been working to make them easy to understand 🙂