More warm weather is on the way today for most of New Zealand thanks to a large high pressure system that’s blocking the cold southerlies from moving up the country.
Yesterday temperatures through Canterbury and Otago moved closer to 30 degrees and today similar conditions will prevail from the South Island through to inland parts of the North Island.
A large high is still expected to dominate the country for the next 24 to 48 hours with some computer models showing it’ll stay until as late as Saturday. This is a significant change in the weather patterns of late which have shown conditions changing wildly every few days and is perhaps the first signal that more settled summer weather is on the way.
An easterly flow over northern New Zealand will mean more cloud, drizzle and light showers and they are likely to increase as the week progresses – north of a line from about Auckland and Coromandel.
But the high temperatures and mostly clear skies are not good news for everyone. Farmers, particularly across Canterbury and Otago, are wanting rain after several weeks of hot, dry, nor’westers.
Reports are now coming in from some farmers that dry conditions are now becoming a concern, bringing back some stressful memories of last Summer’s drought that affected farms from one end of the country to the other.
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