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Waitangi Weekend Weather!

Discussion:  9:30am, Waitangi Day.  By Head Weather Analyst Philip Duncan

High pressure is today building over the North Island but weakening over the South. 

In the Southern Ocean a large low will make the most of this high moving north – bringing a few spots of rain to Southland and hot, dry, winds over regions from Wellington southwards.

Latest Forecast for Waitangi Weekend

Northland, Auckland, Coromandel Peninsula, Bay of Plenty, Gisborne: 

  • Mostly sunny today, thos easterlies will ease back tonight – as the high strengthens.  The winds are due to the squeeze zone between our high and a tropical low north of us.  The weekend is looking sunny and hot with light winds and afternoon sea breezes.  Highs in the late 20s and will feel like the lower 30s.

Waikato to Kapiti including Taupo, Hawkes Bay and Wairarapa:

  • Sunny and becoming hotter as the winds turn northerly over southern Hawkes Bay and Wairarapa.  Temps in the upper 20s and early 30s for all these regions except New Plymouth where it’ll be mid 20s.  Nor’westers building a little on Sunday.


  • Windy but mostly sunny.  Those winds could be gusty on Sunday.  Temps near the mid 20s.

Nelson, Marlborough, Canterbury:

  • Hot and sunny – nor westers kicking in over the weekend in Canterbury and Marlborough – temps should be back up into the 30s on during the weekend.

Otago, Southland:

  • Windy with one or two showers in Southland.  The risk for showers reduces significantly for Otago – particularly Central Otago.  Strong westerlies will develop on Saturday and that could boost temperatures in eastern areas into the 30s. Those winds will pick up during Saturday and becoming gusty in the east over the Sat/Sun period.

West Coast:

  • Thanks to that high in the Tasman Sea your weekend is looking mainly settled and sunny, just a few harmless clouds.   However further south, towards Fiordland, heavy rain may arrive on Sunday – rain warnings are possible here.  Clouds may also increase with drizzle on Sunday night or early Monday morning.


Last Update.



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Katie Haines on 21/01/2017 8:10pm

Hi there. Trying to plan a BBQ is impossible for Wellington & cancelled twice now. What is in store for Waitangi weekend in Wellington for Sun & Mon please?

WW Forecast Team on 21/01/2017 8:39pm

Hi there, Waitangi Day is still a little too far out to be precise with sorry. Wellington’s stuck in a bit of a frustrating pattern this summer due to the South Island being under what looks more like a Spring pattern. This is creating the windy (and sometimes wet!) weather you’ve been getting this summer. As we head into February things are calming down a bit – but we won’t be able to lock in Waitangi Day with more certainty until this weekend probably.

Cheers – and good luck Katie! 
Philip Duncan

LJ on 4/02/2009 7:22pm

I was just wondering if you had any plans to put up a forecast for the day at say 7-8am. I check in most mornings to see what the weather’s going to be like but there’s not an update.
Just an idea???

WW Forecast Team on 5/02/2009 12:37am

Hi LJ – do you mean a forecast like the Waitangi one?  But each day?

The Auckland forecast trial (at the top of the page) is updated throughout the day and evening – to fit in with our various radio shows. 

We also aim to have a weather news update around 6am weekdays and 7am weekends which usually covers a basic forecast for the country.

Weather Watch

not a weather expert on 4/02/2009 2:53am

my wife is at home in Massey, West Auckland – at about 15:40 she saw a twister touch down four houses away and rip through our yard, sucking all the windows open. She said the sound was like a swimming pool being tipped over. It came back 3 minutes later and caused magnets to go flying from the fridge.
It slammed into a big gum tree and just about turned it inside out.

Föehn on 1/02/2009 10:10am

Seems that Mount Redoubt in Alaska, is increasing seismic activity and is on Orange alert. Some sources say they expect and eruption.
Here’s the link to Alaska Volcanic Observatory

Andrew on 30/01/2009 4:26am

I agree its going to get very close may get as close as it can without hitting us but bringing strong wind and heavy rain as well… Good for the Shore as its been dry for ages still only 18mm so far this month…..


David on 30/01/2009 2:23am

The models are quite inconsistent with the possible tropical low in a week’s time. Past experience suggests to me at this time of year that any tropical low showing up usually disappears from the forecasts and nothing eventuates. It gets interesting when the models start showing some degree of agreement withing about 3 or 4 days of the possible event.

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