There’s plenty of severe weather in our part of the world at the moment but New Zealand is being protected by a large high according to the Radio Network’s Weather Watch Centre.
“A weak low is forming north of New Zealand and will produce some very heavy rain out to sea just off Northland’s east coast on Saturday. Some heavy rain may move on land as far south as Auckland but my gut instinct is that we’re not in for too much rain unless there’s a change in the weather charts” says head weather analyst Philip Duncan. “Northland, Coromandel and Eastern Bay of Plenty are most likely to see some rain this weekend”.
“In the South a major storm in the Southern Ocean will flick a front up Southland and Otago on Sunday with gales likely near the southern coasts and Stewart Island. Everyone from Canterbury to Waikato should have a relatively good weekend”.
Duncan says conditions are starting to get extremely dry around the country which could be of concern so early in to our dry season. “La Nina means northern regions should get rain systems from the sub tropics from time to time this Summer day but places like southern Hawke’s Bay, Manawatu, Kapiti and Wairarapa could remain quite dry”
“We’re not in a drought but farmers and residents, especially in central New Zealand areas, should be conserving water now”.
Weather.Com is predicting a 70% chance of rain in the Gisborne region on Saturday but just 40% for Napier and that drops to only 20% for Palmerston North.