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VIDEO: Spring Westerlies are about to roar back in

The tropical downpours are out – the windy westerlies are returning with a colder twist later in the week for southern NZ.

The gale force westerlies will today blow through Bass Street (between VIC and TAS) and those strong winds will reach NZ from Tuesday to Friday (although start in some places today).

Gales and severe gales are expecting in both the SE corner of Australia today and parts of NZ over the coming week.

A deep storm in the Southern Ocean will also encourage colder air for a time around the South Island around Thursday. Conditions settle down on Saturday for a brief time.


Kingsley on 21/11/2022 10:33am

Hi Philip, since Metservice apparently can’t be bothered…any idea when this weather system will bugger off?

WW Forecast Team on 21/11/2022 10:40am

Hi Kinglsey

We don’t have just one system as such, but this weather pattern with various weather systems continues to pile in for much of the week ahead. The 28th / 29th Nov may bring a moment of calm with some high pressure, perhaps another front then more high pressure early December. We shall see!


alex on 21/11/2022 3:43am

Hello Phillip
I just wanted to ask in your opinion will temperatures this upcoming summer reach record highs. The temperatures during summer in Europe this year reach record levels nearly reaching 40 degrees, do you think something like this could happen in New Zealand this up coming summer where we see temperatures on average in the 30 degrees range?
Thanks Alex

WW Forecast Team on 21/11/2022 5:33am

Hi Alex, temperatures are generally forecast to be warmer than average in a number of areas but NZ’s location, surrounded by ocean, means we need particular set ups to reach record heat. We can sometimes have warmer than average streaks that are very humid/tropical fuelled but cloudy and often wet, or we can have scorching dry hot summers in the east due to windy spring-like nor’westers – when NZ climbs over 40 degrees that’s usually when we have nor’westers out of Australia…but that means western areas are cloudier and cooler. So what happened in Europe last summer dosn’t always equal what we get here in New Zealand. Right now we’re still getting a lot of variety which mixes the warm days with cool ones.
Philip D

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