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The Big Picture: Low finally moves away this weekend

Updated 9:13pm — Many western parts of New Zealand have had too much rain in recent weeks – quite a difference to eastern regions, four of which are still in drought.

As we’ve been saying for several days now, this wet and sometimes windy weather is being caused by a large low in the Southern Ocean.

On Friday it moves north eastwards towards the North Island and over the Tasman Sea.

During Saturday it crosses New Zealand and then finally departs our shores on Sunday.  

By Sunday – as you can see in the graphic – the low will be weakening to our north east.  The high moving in from Australia will bring increasingly settled weather for some regions here in New Zealand, especially in the west – but a few lingering showers are possible in some coastal areas early next week.

For those wanting sunnier and drier weather – plenty of that is expected next week with a ‘week long high’ coming in for most areas.


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Derek on 12/05/2015 5:07am

Hi WW Love the graphics, really neat and clear.

I am in Whangarei and agree with person from Waipu, few heavy showers today but also some good sunshine. Stlll fairly dry here but improving and maybe better off than Waipu.

Enjoying this weather over last few weeks immensely as warm during day and not overly cold at night. Almost perfect I would say.

WW Forecast Team on 12/05/2015 9:11am

Hey Derek, Thanks for the feedback on the new graphics – we’re going to continue to improve on them over the coming weeks too. I don’t think you’re alone in enjoying the mild weather – looks as though May will be above average for many northern places temperaturewise.


Steve on 12/05/2015 2:54am

Since 6pm last night I can read only 2mm of rain in my guage here just south of Waipu. Everything must be falling on the west coast as per your above article. The weather must be saving up a real beauty drop for us at some time or we are in for a real dry winter.


WW Forecast Team on 12/05/2015 4:02am

Yeah Steve, some eastern parts of Northland (and the Far North) are still drier than average….hopefully this low will cross over with some rain for you on Thursday PM and on Friday too.  Then another dry week next week. The one positive for Waipu is that unlike places like Southland you probably have another month or two of fairly mild weather ahead – so hopefully we can get a couple rain makers in before the really cold stuff sets in.  Thanks for the update where you are.

Phil D

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