Often we are looking for where the most interesting weather will be being weather geeks, that may entail hail, lightning and strong winds. But where will the sunniest and most settled weather be tomorrow and Wednesday?
The winner or winners I should say are Southland, Otago and along the West Coast of the South Island. Tomorrow conditions are likely to be sunny and settled in these regions, northeasterly breezes may pick up a little along the Otago coastline in the afternoon. There is also the chance of an isolated shower or two about the ranges late afternoon and evening running down the centre of the South Island and about some inland hills in Otago, often these are the result of such settled still conditions and warming of the lands surface.
For Wednesday inland areas right up and down the South Island look to be the most settled with light winds. In coastal areas, winds may pick up a little during the afternoon with east to northeast winds on the east coast and west to southwest winds on the West Coast. There is a chance of isolated showers late afternoon and evening in inland parts of the South Island once again however.
As to reasons why the North Island is not looking as settled, on Tuesday a broad area of low pressure lies over the Island. To start on Tuesday it may appear settled with some sun in the west however in the afternoon showers are likely to develop possibly becoming heavy and thundery in many places especially about the Central North Island into the Waikato and up into Auckland. The east coast from Gisborne through to Wairarapa will be dogged by showers and cool south to southeasterly winds for most of the day.
Wednesday has the broad area of low pressure mentioned above slowly moving out east, rain heavy at times will ease during the day on the east coast of the North Island. Elsewhere has a the odd shower easing and clearing in the afternoon, breezy west to southwest winds for the rest of the day with cloudy and sunny areas.
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By weather analyst Aaron Wilkinson – WeatherWatch.co.nz