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Tuesday’s national forecast

A very unsettled Tuesday is expected for New Zealand.

A large, but rather weak area of low pressure over the Tasman will be the nation’s weather maker for today…and for the rest of this week.

Today, that low will spread showes across both islands.  Just about everyone will run the risk for seeing showers at least a few showers.  A few thunderstorms are also possible.  In addition, heavy falls are possibility.  Especially for the West Coast.

About the only areas that could escape the Tuesday wetness will be Gisborne, Hawkes Bay and Bay of Plenty on the North Island and Marlborough and northern Canterbury (including Christchurch) on the South Island.  However, even these areas run at least a slight risk for a seeing a passing shower during the day.  The chances for showers will then go up this evening and into tonight.

Highs today will be in the upper teens to lower 20’s with some mid 20’s possible in areas that see abundant sunshine like Hawkes Bay and Gisborne.


John H on 20/02/2012 7:23pm

Just on 8am this morning a small waterspout formed a few kilometers out to sea north of New Plymouth. I saw the water column at sea level first and then looked up and saw the thin funnel cloud. It only lasted for 30 seconds or so. About 5 minutes later another funnel started to form but then dissipated. The cloud from which the waterspout came has now drifted south along the coast toward Oakura.

There’s a steady stream of dark clouds drifting down from the north also bringing a few spits of rain – mixed in with finer patches in between.

WW Forecast Team on 20/02/2012 7:37pm

Wow, thanks for the update John, much appreciated!

– WW

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