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The final weekend of Spring

A few showers to start with but the sun returns…

It looks as if Northland and Auckland and perhaps parts of the central areas of the North Island may see a few heavy showers move in today with the risk of a thunderstorm but for the remainder of these areas over the weekend, it’s looking pretty good.
There is 30% risk of a shower or thunderstorm on Sunday afternoon but apart from that, temperatures should climb into the low 20’s with some sunshine to boot…perhaps an ideal weekend in the garden!

Along the east coast and Gisborne, Napier and Hastings could see a shower or two today with coolish breezes but the weekend should fine up after some cloud and perhaps pesky drizzle at first tomorrow morning and temps rise a little.

Across the rest of the North Island, it’s looking fairly settled from today right through the weekend, with the only hiccup today perhaps being a brief shower or thunderstorm for Taranaki.Wellington is shaping up for a glorious weekend.

More sunshine…

Across the strait and overall, it’s looking fairly dry. We may see some scattered cloud along the east coast this morning but the sun should prevail almost everywhere today.
Saturday could be a stunner in most places across the South island with the mercury moving into the 20’s and the heat building moreso in inland areas-an ideal day for watersports and to finish off with a bbq!.

On Sunday, the top half of the island should bask under sunny skies with perhaps a little cloud initially, but further south some cloud should slowly sweep in.There’s a chance of a few spots of rain for Invercargill, Gore and Milford Sound off and on but the thermometer remaining fairly respectable.

Here comes summer…

This is the last weekend of spring and in the main, it’s looking quite impressive with plenty of sunshine for most places but come Monday (the first day of summer officially ), a change is on the horizon and will that be a sign of things to come for the following 3 months??!!-only time will tell!

Weather Analyst-Richard Green


Rob on 28/11/2008 1:28am

I think you need to update this page as soon as possible concering the nasty thunderstorms brewing over much of the North Island- particularly the severe thunderstorm watch for some western parts. According to the Met Service there is likely to be some damaging hail for certain areas and you need to get the word out about this rather than just mention the less serious possibility of a few thunderstorms at the weekend. At least this comment will draw attention to the situation in the meantime.

The lightning detector is already picking up hits in the Manawatu/Taranaki area and an amazing number of noises!

The cloud over Mt Taranaki on the Geonet webcam looks threatening.

We had some cumulonimbus starting to build around Wellington and I have submitted a couple of photos- time will tell whether we will get any of the activity- not forecast but it won’t surprise me if we do!

WW Forecast Team on 28/11/2008 2:03am

Was just writing a story on the thunderstorms as your comment came in!

MetService has watches out for much of the North Island but in reality only two areas seem to be really getting the heavy stuff – Northland and Taranaki/Wanganui. 

I think the risk for damaging hail is pretty low everywhere else.

Philip Duncan

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