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Welcome to a windy week of westerlies (+7 Maps)

New Zealand has a classic spring set up this week – plenty of western cloud and gale westerly quarter winds at times.

A storm in the Southern Ocean (a long way south of NZ) along with high pressure parked over Northland and the north Tasman Sea will produce westerly quarter winds and they will ramp up over the days ahead.

There are some basic rules with this spring set.

  • The further north you are the less windy it will be overall
  • Western South Island will be wettest
  • The further south you are the higher the rainfall totals will be (Fiordland and Westland)
  • Western and Southern NZ will be cloudiest
  • Eastern and northern NZ the driest.
  • Windiest weather will be in central and eastern areas
  • Lightest winds will be around Northland overall

By this weekend high pressure returns with lighter winds in many regions. /


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