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Two things stand out on this map in both NZ & Australia

The weather pattern as we head into September is a mild one for the most part over New Zealand, with some rain-makers and a number of large highs.

But as we head into the first half of the month data from GFS shows two odd things about the 10 day Australasian Precipitation Outlook.

In the South Island, you’ll notice the red shading – this indicates a much drier than usual period of weather, which is not good news for Canterbury and others who might want rain now.

Meanwhile, over in Australia, it’s the opposite with more rain than usual showing up in purple shading for an area traditionally known for being exceptionally dry.

In fact, our good friends at Weatherzone in Australia are reporting on this very wet spell of weather coming for New South Wales.

For New Zealand, more sub-tropical northerlies and Tasman Sea westerlies coming in for the start of the month means most of the rain will fall in western or northern areas. There are still some colder southerlies in the mix too, but nothing polar or overly freezing.


– Image / GFS, US Govt.



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