Here’s what is making the weather headlines today.
ENE WINDS STRENGTHEN
Easterly quarter winds strengthen for parts of New Zealand today as areas of low pressure to the west and north bunch up against a high out east.
Easterlies for the upper North Island strengthen especially and northeasterly winds for the lower South Island. Most regions should see winds freshen even if they don’t become strong.
WARMER OUT WEST
Due to the easterly quarter airflow over New Zealand today temperatures for western regions will naturally be warmer than in the east. In fact while the map below shows Southland to be around 15 to 20 degrees the region may actually move into the 20 to 25 degree bracket with skies likely to be mostly sunny and winds fairly light, especially in western parts of the regions.
NEXT HIGH ON MONDAY NEXT WEEK
The second half of this week is looking generally unsettled, western regions will pick up more rain or shower activity than in the east. Beyond that our next period of dry settled weather for the whole country is Monday next week when we have a high.
The precipitation percentage of normal map shows how western regions are looking wetter (white or blue colour) over the next seven days than in the east (red colour).