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When will the rain return?

Summer has well and truly moved in with large anticyclones lining up over the country for at least the next week. says at least two large highs will bring mostly sunny and dry weather to much of New Zealand in the next five to seven days.

Despite the heavy rain in the North Island recently many areas are now drying out again – while South Island regions such as Central Otago have been desperate for rain for weeks – and highs in the mid 30s recently aren’t helping.

So when will the next significant rain event be? believes it will be some time yet – at least 10 to 14 days, if not longer.

Long range weather charts show some heavy rain possible in Fiordland around Thursday or Friday however very little is expected elsewhere.

Meanwhile a very weak front will move up the South Island today and apart from a drop in temperatures it’s likely to only bring a shower or two.

The settled weather will be good news for those still enjoying holidays or weekends at the beach.


SW on 7/02/2010 7:26am

May rain when all these crap anticyclones stop sitting in the tasman sea and get a good NE wind.This last week gone has been the best in a while.

Guest on 7/02/2010 4:02am

Hi, I see on the metservice page that we don’t seem to be having the best forecast here in Dunedin for next week (from about the 12th onwards). We’ve had such an amazing week here, we are not going to go back to what we were all December and start of January with constant cloud cover and rain are we?

WW Forecast Team on 7/02/2010 4:39am

It seems that MetService website loses accuracy after 3 or 4 days out for centres around the country, as the computer data doesn’t appear to be manually updated. Let’s hope the info is incorrect after such a good run for you guys!


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