A deepening low near Fiordland will today press up against a strong high over northern New Zealand – this will squash up the air pressure and create gusty north to north west winds over central and eastern areas. This means a windy afternoon around Cook Strait and a hot day along the east coast of both islands.
A colder change arrives tonight – and Friday looks significantly colder over the South Island. Northern New Zealand is under high pressure for all of Thursday, so the settled, calm, weather continues for another day.
Here are the regional forecasts for THURSDAY.
Northland, Auckland, Waikato & Bay Of Plenty
A mix of sun and cloud with light winds / sea breezes. Cloudier near the Tasman.
Highs: 25 to 27
Western North Island (including Central North Island)
A mix of sun and cloud with westerlies.
Highs: 24 to 26
Eastern North Island
Sunny and hot with west to north west winds building.
Highs: 23 to 29
Quite Sunny with norâ€™westers becoming strong later.
Marlborough & Nelson
Fairly sunny and hot with norâ€™westers. Late clouds thicken in Nelson, maybe a few showers at night.
Highs: 26 – 29
Mostly cloudy, a few spits possible otherwise dry. Hot norâ€™westers until night time.
Highs: 25 to 30
Heavy rain in the south moves north during the day and weakens as it runs into high pressure over the North Island. Cooler SW change after.
Highs: 18 to 22
Southland & Otago
Cloudy with patchy rain or showers – dry spells too. West to north west winds, turning colder southerly by night and becoming dry.
Highs: 16 to 23
(C) – WeatherWatch.co.nz 2016
on 10/03/2016 3:12am
You guys didnt do a very good job forecasting winds for Today? Heaven’t heard aboutit from you guys until Today. and it is too late? Usually like your forecasts? This time MetService did a better job 🙁
on 10/03/2016 3:56am
Hi there – we do our best to cover the entire country, but MetService receives multi millions of dollars of funding every year to cover weather warnings and ALL severe weather for New Zealand – which is why we promoted yesterday they had issued a number of wind warnings for today. MetService has also recently blocked us from accessing a number of public weather stations which limits us from covering all parts of NZ – we are currrently challenging this with Government and Opposition ministers and are making good progress. It means in the future we will be able to cover all of NZ with better advice in advance. Hear what you’re saying – and we’re working on it.