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VIDEO: NZ: Low pressure arrives with gales & rain, high pressure by Sunday

A low is moving into NZ over the next 24 hours and with it a surge of gales and a burst of rain for both main islands. In fact it’s the upper North Island’s turn to get some rain going into Friday along with the upper South Island – two large areas that perhaps need the rain the most.

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By Saturday the low is in Cook Strait and weakening – but will bring a surge of windy westerlies to the upper western North Island (and warm nor’westers to the eastern North Island). At the same time a southerly change moves up the South Island.

On Sunday and into next week high pressure is nearby to NZ, bringing showers but a generally drier and more settled pattern.


jim on 11/04/2024 5:24am

Your video reports are always great. Really clear description. Thank you.

Neil on 11/04/2024 2:07am

What’s the risk of a storm surge here on the west coast of South island with the big low off the coast and high tides at the moment? Something to look out for?

WW Forecast Team on 11/04/2024 3:39am

Hi Neil, there will be some storm surge with this but the angle of the wind is better being from the North to North East than if it were the north-west – where it would pile up the water more as it came in.

MetOcean is a good site to check out for more details – their maps show the worst of the swells remaining offshore.

Kind regards,

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