The current front going over us is fairly standard, rain on the west coast with drier weather out east in a northwesterly airflow. Rain this morning may be heavy on the West Coast of the South Island however it will ease to a few showers which then clear.
The main feature to point out for today is strong to gale northwesterly winds, mainly about the upper South Island and the lower North Island. Westerly breezes will be strong about the upper North Island today also however perhaps not strong enough to get to gale force, there is a low chance gusts may reach this speed however particularly in the west.
Gale force northwesterly winds are likely about Cook Strait and Wairarapa this morning, strong northwesterlies are also likely about southern Taranaki through to Kapiti. In the afternoon gusty northwesterlies move into Hawkes Bay and Gisborne but most likely will not to reach gale force potential, then easing in the evening.
The usual warm temperatures in the east and temperatures in the high teens / low 20’s out west is likely for both islands so hopefully the weather plays ball with your plans today.
on 1/12/2012 11:28pm
The westerly change is merely “rearranging the deck chairs” before the next SW comes into force,just moving some pine needles off the roof to make a mess but not strong enough to remove them entirely.
on 1/12/2012 8:02pm
Cool Graphic, loved the advert on ZB this morning! Great stuff Weathermap & Weatherwatch!