The North Island overnight and this morning has been on the receiving end of moderate falls of rain as a front delivers much needed moisture.
North Islanders will probably continue to see more rain or showers today than their southern neighbours but most of the liquid sunshine should ease and then cling to eastern regions.
Some heavy falls of rain were also reported and although they’re not drought breaking rains they’re just reasonable amounts that are more than welcome.
In the immediate future today looks more promising in terms of showers or rain when compared to what’s coming over the next week.
We’ve often talked about a number of showery or rainy spells here at WeatherWatch than one big event to break the drought but this one is another example of being relatively short and sharp.
The country could have been split in two overnight when it came to temperatures.
The North Island was quite muggy with the showers or rain for many places with Gisborne failing to drop below twenty degrees and most other centres were in the mid to high teens.
The cold though has gripped many areas of the South Island with Dunedin on four degrees and almost all other regionss are in single figures following the front that moved through yesterday and last night.
Highs look to be in the low to mid teens for most places across the south and east which is a far cry from the low to mid twenties which have been experienced lately.
“Even though we’re expecting a cool day here in the south it’s the wind that’ll have a real nip to it” says weather analyst Richard Green. “It’ll be even colder tonight possibly if skies clear completely and give a real taste of Autumn”.
Cooler conditions are also expected tonight for central and nothern areas of the country as the colder air behind the front would have pushed through.