August has been the most turbulent month of winter after a fairly calm June and July, now this month is going out on a high – literally. High pressure rolls in this Friday night and brings a settled calm weekend saying farewell to August on Saturday and hello to September on Sunday.
Before the high rolls in we have more westerly winds which makes for another warmer than average day in the South Island and by Wednesday it will be several degrees warmer in some regions before a cold front swipes the island making for a cooler Thursday.
Overnight the temperatures are still getting down and we may see a few frosts here and there in both islands at the right moments but overall temperatures are now trending upwards. After a brief cool down on Thursday in the South Island warmer weather kicks in there too by this weekend. Gone are the single digit highs, for example Queenstown has a high of only 6 on Thursday but by the weekend bounces up to double digit highs and into next week too. Any frosts will be light.
There are currently no polar blasts in the forecast for NZ but September is chaotic so we’ll keep closely monitoring the skies.