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The Global Picture: The unsettled side of Autumn

We’re now in mid to late Autumn and that means the more settled summer weather is fading away and the wetter, more changeable winter pattern is slowly creeping in.

The current two week wind maps show a series of quite aggressive lows now circling Antarctica while a belt of highs cover nations further north – for example, much of Australia.

New Zealand is pretty much half way between the lows further south and the highs further north – placing us in the ‘squash zone’ between the highs and the lows…it’s classic Autumn weather and means NZ gets windier weather, faster moving systems – and therefore very changeable weather…warm one day, cool the next. Windy and wet one day, sunny and dry the next.  It’s not as wet as having the lows cross us directly – and not as dry and calm as the highs crossing us directly.  We’re in the middle of a lot of systems right now – which is why our weather is changing a lot from day to day.

Welcome to the peak of Autumn!


Derek on 8/05/2015 12:49am

Very informative WW, thank you. This is where you shine above the others with good information flow.

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